Main definitions of mood in English

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mood1

noun

  • 1A temporary state of mind or feeling.

    ‘he appeared to be in a very good mood about something’
    • ‘Stress is believed to impair one's ability to regulate moods and prevent mild sadness from deepening and persisting.’
    • ‘Sighing as she walked, Molly felt her depressing mood getting rather worse as she walked closer and closer to the plane.’
    • ‘Healthy people remedy bad moods by accessing positive personal memories.’
    • ‘For that matter, hot summer days tend to put people in a bad mood.’
    • ‘Ryan returned and Blake greeted him, wondering why his friend was in such a bad mood.’
    • ‘Another way in which emotions and moods affect judgement is the well-known relationship between good mood and overconfidence.’
    • ‘In this case, a worker may try to dispel a bad mood by suspending work, rather than searching for a new solution.’
    • ‘Music can enhance a good mood, confirm a bad mood, console me, remind me of specific events, people, places in my life.’
    • ‘I am good at identifying what I am thinking and how it affects my mood.’
    • ‘I still get depressed and I still get into bad moods, but that engulfing sadness is something I haven't experienced in quite the same way since.’
    • ‘Exercising releases chemicals in the brain, such as serotonin, that have a strong affect on your mood, helping reduce anxiety, stress and depression.’
    • ‘I honestly believe video games are one of the best methods to rid your mind of a bad mood or of a bad incident.’
    • ‘Her bad moods were still affecting all of us, and I had begun to get really worried.’
    • ‘It can also trigger different thoughts that affect moods of sadness, happiness and anger.’
    • ‘If this is him in a bad mood, no wonder so many people declare him a joy to work with.’
    • ‘He's finding ways to manage his moods and feelings.’
    • ‘Her particular interest is studying intense moods.’
    • ‘There was nothing that bothered him more than seeing his friends in bad moods, for he knew what it felt like to be in a slump.’
    • ‘Depression is a disorder that affects your thoughts, moods, feelings, behavior and physical health.’
    • ‘Small wonder that your mood and self-esteem are plummeting and you're looking for comfort from food.’
    frame of mind, state of mind, emotional state, humour, temper
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    1. 1.1 An angry, irritable, or sullen state of mind.
      ‘he was obviously in a mood’
      • ‘In a recent email to a friend, I apologized for being in a mood.’
      • ‘This cold is hanging on and seems to have left me in a mood.’
      • ‘Most of the time if Nicole told me to do something, I would, because if I did not do what she told me to, she would get in a mood with me.’
      • ‘The boyfriend had taken the keys to his bedsit off her and gone home in a mood.’
      • ‘They're the band you put on when you are in a mood.’
      • ‘But then other people seem to like it a lot so maybe I was in a mood.’
      • ‘I may be in a mood this morning.’
      • ‘Sometimes, you curse and scream at the person driving next to you because you are in a mood.’
      • ‘Natalie just called from the car and she's in a mood.’
      • ‘We went because it was easier to find a parking place than to deal with Mother in a mood.’
      bad mood, temper, bad temper, fit of bad temper, fit of ill temper, sulk, pet, the sulks, fit of pique, low spirits, depression, bout of moping, the doldrums, the blues
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    2. 1.2 The atmosphere or pervading tone of something, especially a work of art.
      ‘Monet's “Mornings on the Seine” series, with their hushed and delicate mood’
      • ‘There's far too much silence when there could be music to contribute to the mood and atmosphere of the moment.’
      • ‘The pictures captured the mood or essence of the songs.’
      • ‘Each note expresses the emotion of the band as they seek to capture the mood and personality of their recording environment.’
      • ‘When the public smells a rat, however, the reaction of the establishment in seeking to soothe the public mood often makes matters worse.’
      • ‘The meditative mood and ethereal atmosphere of the painting create an aura of intimacy that counters the epic scale of its composition.’
      • ‘Colour couldn't create the mood and tone I was going for: the character is drained of emotion, devoid of attachment to reality, thus there is no colour.’
      • ‘Clearly, there are noticeable changes in the national mood as fear and anxiety pervade throughout the country.’
      • ‘After this fourth sequel, the series went into quarantine for three years, as if in reaction to the public mood of despair and anxiety.’
      • ‘They seek to play on the public mood of fear and mistrust to demand that we change our lifestyles to fit the new conformism.’
      • ‘The artistry comes when you take someone else's music, and use it to create a mood or an atmosphere, or send people on an aural journey of sorts.’
      • ‘The first, representing initial chaos, generates a mood of excited anticipation rather than fear.’
      • ‘It was one of her father's favorite songs, but she wondered why in the English version they had changed the mood and tone of the song.’
      • ‘Ferdinand's concession of a constitution at the end of January thus provoked a temporary mood of enthusiasm and popular unity.’
      • ‘Painters in turn portrayed the poems, capturing the moods or personality of the characters or themes.’
      • ‘As vocal as the fans were, and as hard as they tried to liven the atmosphere, the mood at times was quite mundane.’
      • ‘Both sound and music are critical to the cinematic experience - they help set the mood, the tone, and the ambience of the level.’
      • ‘The colours are deep and rich and help set an operatic mood and tone for almost every scene.’
      • ‘Her work tries to capture the mood and character embedded in these areas.’
      • ‘The mood and tone of the book are set through black and white graphics with occasional bursts of colour.’
      • ‘The variety is what strikes a nerve with me; every track has a different mood, atmosphere and pace.’
      atmosphere, feeling, spirit, ambience, aura, character, tenor, flavour, quality, climate, feel, tone, key
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adjective

  • attributive (especially of music) inducing or suggestive of a particular feeling or state of mind.

    ‘mood music’
    ‘a Chekhov mood piece’
    • ‘The four-course dinner is served in a small, intimate dining room, lit with candles and mood music playing quietly in the background.’
    • ‘It would be too easy to turn it into another documentary style presentation complete with archive footage, computer animation and mood music.’
    • ‘The lyrics may be a bit melodramatic, but on a whole, this is perfect mood music to go with candles and dimmed lights.’
    • ‘If the trickling water feature doesn't start to calm you, then the mood music definitely will.’
    • ‘The right mood music can do a lot for an evening of love, but there's no accounting for taste.’
    • ‘There's a jazz quartet playing mood music under the neon coloured strip lights barely audible in the hubbub of a full bar and seating area.’
    • ‘Their sound is mellow and gentle: mood music with a twist of soul and a dash of funk.’
    • ‘It's incredible mood music, with nice subtle touches throughout.’
    • ‘It's great mood music, often good for zoned-out highway driving, and always appropriate as background music for doing work.’
    • ‘It's pure mood music - ten instrumental tracks that take you somewhere.’
    • ‘Such is the quality of his work, that he does not need the neon lights, mood music and other special effects which so hampered last year's offering.’
    • ‘He turned on some mood music, but very low, just like I like it.’
    • ‘If the rest of the album fails to measure up entirely, there is still plenty of atmospheric mood music to get you thinking, or have you reflecting on any time spent in one of the greatest cities in the world.’
    • ‘I mean, you can't really have the full experience unless you've got appropriate mood music can you?’
    • ‘They were playing mood music in the Doctor's surgery as we waited.’
    • ‘He's going to be producing CD's of mood music and meditation music for her.’
    • ‘Whether we choose the right music is another matter, because music can change your mood states.’
    • ‘It's mood music, sure, but more specifically dinner music - really romantic dinner music.’
    in the right frame of mind for, in the right frame of mind to, feeling like, ready for, ready to, wanting to, inclined to, disposed to, minded to, interested in, keen on, keen to, eager to, enthusiastic about, willing to, game for
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Phrases

  • in the mood for (or to do) something

    • Feeling like doing or experiencing something.

      ‘if you're in the mood for an extra thrill, you can go paragliding’
      • ‘I'm not really feeling better, but I'm also in the mood to do something other than wallow.’
      • ‘Perhaps to try and get people in the mood to start shopping early so they can benefit?’
      • ‘Oh, I should also say that I've got a lot of unanswered mail and I'm not really in the mood to deal with it right now.’
      • ‘I love reading poems and even try to pen down a couple of them whenever I am in the mood to do so.’
      • ‘Of course if you are in the mood to experiment, you can make your own cherry facial scrub and mask.’
      • ‘For the majority it was a case of getting in the mood to enjoy the evening in good spirits.’
      • ‘Something he wrote triggered a load of memories of my mum, and I just feel in the mood to write about her today.’
      • ‘No doubt they will be in the mood to celebrate the event during the year in full dramatic style.’
      • ‘I'm feeling quite positive today and in the mood to make resolutions.’
      • ‘We weren't in the mood to sit down for a meal so we sat at the bar for a quick snack.’
  • in no mood for (or to do) something

    • Not wanting to do or experience something.

      ‘she was in no mood for sightseeing’

Origin

Old English mōd (also in the senses ‘mind’ and ‘fierce courage’), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch moed and German Mut.

Pronunciation

mood

/mo͞od//mud/

Main definitions of mood in English

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mood2

noun

  • 1Grammar
    A category or form which indicates whether a verb expresses fact (indicative mood), command (imperative mood), question (interrogative mood), wish (optative mood), or conditionality (subjunctive mood)

    • ‘He wants to move the claim from the conditional to the indicative mood, as the grammarians would say.’
    • ‘But the key point here is that it's the subjunctive mood, not the subjunctive case.’
    • ‘If a regular pronoun and indicative mood are used, it shows that the speaker asserts that the report is true.’
    • ‘French also has the option of the embedded clause appearing in the subjunctive mood.’
    • ‘If the verbs were in the indicative mood, we would expect she was coming in the first sentence, the chairman resigns in the second, and the lawsuit is dropped in the third.’
  • 2Logic
    Any of the valid forms into which each of the figures of a categorical syllogism may occur.

Origin

Mid 16th century: variant of mode, influenced by mood.

Pronunciation

mood

/mo͞od//mud/