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’
    • ‘Small wonder that your mood and self-esteem are plummeting and you're looking for comfort from food.’
    • ‘Her bad moods were still affecting all of us, and I had begun to get really worried.’
    • ‘He's finding ways to manage his moods and feelings.’
    • ‘Her particular interest is studying intense moods.’
    • ‘For that matter, hot summer days tend to put people in a bad mood.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Another way in which emotions and moods affect judgement is the well-known relationship between good mood and overconfidence.’
    • ‘Exercising releases chemicals in the brain, such as serotonin, that have a strong affect on your mood, helping reduce anxiety, stress and depression.’
    • ‘I am good at identifying what I am thinking and how it affects my mood.’
    • ‘Music can enhance a good mood, confirm a bad mood, console me, remind me of specific events, people, places in my life.’
    • ‘Healthy people remedy bad moods by accessing positive personal memories.’
    • ‘Depression is a disorder that affects your thoughts, moods, feelings, behavior and physical health.’
    • ‘Sighing as she walked, Molly felt her depressing mood getting rather worse as she walked closer and closer to the plane.’
    • ‘It can also trigger different thoughts that affect moods of sadness, happiness and anger.’
    • ‘Stress is believed to impair one's ability to regulate moods and prevent mild sadness from deepening and persisting.’
    • ‘If this is him in a bad mood, no wonder so many people declare him a joy to work with.’
    • ‘In this case, a worker may try to dispel a bad mood by suspending work, rather than searching for a new solution.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I honestly believe video games are one of the best methods to rid your mind of a bad mood or of a bad incident.’
    • ‘Ryan returned and Blake greeted him, wondering why his friend was in such a bad mood.’
    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’
      • ‘Natalie just called from the car and she's in a mood.’
      • ‘They're the band you put on when you are in a mood.’
      • ‘In a recent email to a friend, I apologized for being in a mood.’
      • ‘But then other people seem to like it a lot so maybe I was 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This cold is hanging on and seems to have left me in a mood.’
      • ‘The boyfriend had taken the keys to his bedsit off her and gone home 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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Her work tries to capture the mood and character embedded in these areas.’
      • ‘Ferdinand's concession of a constitution at the end of January thus provoked a temporary mood of enthusiasm and popular unity.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘After this fourth sequel, the series went into quarantine for three years, as if in reaction to the public mood of despair and anxiety.’
      • ‘There's far too much silence when there could be music to contribute to the mood and atmosphere of the moment.’
      • ‘The first, representing initial chaos, generates a mood of excited anticipation rather than fear.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The pictures captured the mood or essence of the songs.’
      • ‘When the public smells a rat, however, the reaction of the establishment in seeking to soothe the public mood often makes matters worse.’
      • ‘As vocal as the fans were, and as hard as they tried to liven the atmosphere, the mood at times was quite mundane.’
      • ‘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 variety is what strikes a nerve with me; every track has a different mood, atmosphere and pace.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The mood and tone of the book are set through black and white graphics with occasional bursts of colour.’
      • ‘Clearly, there are noticeable changes in the national mood as fear and anxiety pervade throughout the country.’
      • ‘The meditative mood and ethereal atmosphere of the painting create an aura of intimacy that counters the epic scale of its composition.’
      • ‘Painters in turn portrayed the poems, capturing the moods or personality of the characters or themes.’
      • ‘Each note expresses the emotion of the band as they seek to capture the mood and personality of their recording environment.’
      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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's pure mood music - ten instrumental tracks that take you somewhere.’
    • ‘He's going to be producing CD's of mood music and meditation music for her.’
    • ‘It's mood music, sure, but more specifically dinner music - really romantic dinner music.’
    • ‘It's great mood music, often good for zoned-out highway driving, and always appropriate as background music for doing work.’
    • ‘If the trickling water feature doesn't start to calm you, then the mood music definitely will.’
    • ‘The lyrics may be a bit melodramatic, but on a whole, this is perfect mood music to go with candles and dimmed lights.’
    • ‘He turned on some mood music, but very low, just like I like it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The right mood music can do a lot for an evening of love, but there's no accounting for taste.’
    • ‘It would be too easy to turn it into another documentary style presentation complete with archive footage, computer animation and mood music.’
    • ‘Their sound is mellow and gentle: mood music with a twist of soul and a dash of funk.’
    • ‘They were playing mood music in the Doctor's surgery as we waited.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Whether we choose the right music is another matter, because music can change your mood states.’
    • ‘It's incredible mood music, with nice subtle touches throughout.’
    • ‘The four-course dinner is served in a small, intimate dining room, lit with candles and mood music playing quietly in the background.’
    • ‘I mean, you can't really have the full experience unless you've got appropriate mood music can you?’
    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’
      • ‘For the majority it was a case of getting in the mood to enjoy the evening in good spirits.’
      • ‘I'm not really feeling better, but I'm also in the mood to do something other than wallow.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We weren't in the mood to sit down for a meal so we sat at the bar for a quick snack.’
      • ‘Of course if you are in the mood to experiment, you can make your own cherry facial scrub and mask.’
      • ‘No doubt they will be in the mood to celebrate the event during the year in full dramatic style.’
      • ‘Perhaps to try and get people in the mood to start shopping early so they can benefit?’
      • ‘I'm feeling quite positive today and in the mood to make resolutions.’
      • ‘Something he wrote triggered a load of memories of my mum, and I just feel in the mood to write about her today.’
  • 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/

Main definitions of mood in English

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mood2

noun

  • 1Grammar
    A category or form that indicates whether a verb expresses fact (indicative mood), command (imperative mood), question (interrogative mood), wish (optative mood), or conditionality (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.’
    • ‘French also has the option of the embedded clause appearing in the subjunctive mood.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He wants to move the claim from the conditional to the indicative mood, as the grammarians would say.’
  • 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/