Definition of brooding in US English:



  • 1Showing deep unhappiness of thought.

    ‘he stared with brooding eyes’
    • ‘In one he gazed off in deep thought, brooding and handsome, in the other he was smiling to charm the lens off the camera.’
    • ‘In the miniseries, Spartacus is very brooding, contemplative and very quiet.’
    • ‘No words had passed between them; only glances that seemed to reflect the same brooding rebel spirit in both men.’
    • ‘There's a definite tone of brooding, even angry, determination to the record.’
    • ‘Nearly relieved for a break from his brooding thoughts, Rick reached for the phone, ‘Hello?’’
    • ‘A sustained note of brooding rumination hovers over most of the disc.’
    • ‘De Niro, with his brooding thoughtfulness and fine shadings of facial expression, is much more successful.’
    • ‘When she turned back to speak more to Dr. McAndrews he had gone, leaving her almost entirely alone with her brooding thoughts.’
    • ‘That dark curly hair that just begs your fingers to run through it, those deep brown brooding eyes, that body!’
    • ‘Matt Johnson's deep, brooding voice gets prominence in the mix, and is often double-tracked.’
    • ‘In actuality, she was staring more at the stars than the horizon, and the expression of brooding solemnity had once again taken over her features.’
    • ‘It's a refreshing change of pace from the usual deep, brooding war epics that are becoming increasingly popular.’
    • ‘Illusion sighed, wondering what they could do, and glanced back up into ShadowSlayer's deep, brooding face.’
    • ‘He was one of those serious, brooding, cool types.’
    • ‘He just shushes me, looking very, very, very handsome with that brooding, serious stare on his face.’
    • ‘As he glanced from picture to picture his eyebrow knotted in brooding thought, his head shaking gently from side to side.’
    • ‘Already in 1943, Bohuslav Martinu, in exile in America, had composed his brooding symphonic meditation Memorial to Lidice.’
    • ‘But she ate by herself, and when she glanced at Mitherill, her face was brooding and angry.’
    • ‘Ostensibly an account of two serial murderers, In The Night Room morphs into a brooding rumination on the storyteller's craft.’
    • ‘What remained of that innocent three year old was an angry, brooding shell.’
    1. 1.1 Appearing darkly menacing.
      ‘a dark, brooding landscape’
      • ‘Above the sky was a brooding purple, threatening a downpour.’
      • ‘Moon's brooding landscapes, somewhat reminiscent of Corot, capture the beauty of trees and the luminous colour of the countryside.’
      • ‘Is it because of their design, or the brooding, sinister atmosphere?’
      • ‘His threatening, brooding black and white shots of the gangs of North London brought him to the attention of newspapers and he was soon working for the Sunday Times.’
      • ‘You know the kind: the brooding grates that let off a steady flow of steam into the dark, rainy, nighttime city streets, like the breath of a monster caged beneath the surface.’
      • ‘The middle ground may be humdrum, but when Tetra Splendour aim high, they score big - raw, powerful songs filled with the feel of a brooding landscape.’
      • ‘Kina could see the sky now, brooding black yet on fire with random flashes of light.’
      • ‘To our right, the Sunchulli glacier towered above the calm turquoise water of Laguna Verde, beyond which scowled a dark, brooding ridge, protected at its base by impossibly steep scree.’
      • ‘This was the district known as Crater and it looked just like that, in fact a moon landscape was what it reminded me of most, black hills and valleys under a brooding grey sky, and not a leaf or blade of grass to be seen.’
      • ‘An hour later as the airplane comes buffeting into land at Wellington airport all you see are fangs of rock lashed by foam, black storm clouds on the horizon and brooding hill ranges.’
      • ‘They assign him to a bleak Romanian province called Transylvania, where vampires have been menacing a village in the shadow of a brooding castle.’
      • ‘The remote, fell-foot hamlet of Croglin lies tucked in among the fells and folds and dales and wide expanses of brooding water that pock the untamed landscape of Cumberland.’
      • ‘He has covered a range of photographic genres and, since the late 1980s, concentrated on still life and brooding English landscapes.’
      • ‘Dark, brooding clouds, which threatened to turn the event into a mudbath, took pity on those who had gathered below them and a light breeze even wafted past the stage to cool those who had exerted themselves too much.’
      • ‘His own magic eye focuses on the magnificent landscapes of the north of England - The Lakes, the Yorkshire Dales and the brooding Pendle countryside in which he lives and works.’
      • ‘Dmytryk and veteran cinematographer Harry J. Wild create a brooding environment where shadow threatens to overwhelm the characters.’
      threatening, ominous, black, thunderous, glowering, sinister, intimidating, frightening, terrifying, fearsome, mean-looking, alarming, forbidding, baleful, warning
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