Definition of moody in US English:

moody

adjective

  • 1(of a person) given to unpredictable changes of mood, especially sudden bouts of gloominess or sullenness.

    ‘she met his moody adolescent brother’
    • ‘It was probably either a misunderstanding or she was moody for another, unrelated reason.’
    • ‘Rewinding to the beginning of her own story, we find an averagely moody teenager not doing well at school.’
    • ‘Come to think of it, she was extra moody yesterday after she came back from lunch with Casey!’
    • ‘We tend to fuss and complain about it, we are moody and irritable: it can get scary even for us.’
    • ‘Ruth is always moody when she's cleaning, it make me wonder why she took this job in the first place.’
    • ‘They bend backwards to please guests some of whom are very grumpy, moody and complain about anything.’
    • ‘He was miserable and moody, frustrated and just plain rude, insulting anyone who gave him the slightest reason.’
    • ‘He can be quite moody - a lot of people are very loyal to him but a lot of other people found him very frustrating.’
    • ‘I can be extremely moody when in close contact with one other person.’
    • ‘She was moody and grumpy while her parents made their best efforts to be cheerful.’
    • ‘She's childish, sullen, moody and volatile, prone to outbursts of jealousy, weeping, rage and laughter.’
    • ‘The Christmas season was upon us and all I had was my disowned sister and moody boyfriend.’
    • ‘He was moody lately but somehow he just could not shrug off the black cloud that was hovering over him.’
    • ‘He's really not a bad catch at all, she thought, but of course, he's moody and mean too.’
    • ‘The smell in the wards and the moody patients made him keep his distance and caused him to lose his appetite for lunch.’
    • ‘She says that she is very moody and goes from laughing to swearing in seconds.’
    • ‘For the next two days she was moody and irritable, and each night she drank herself to sleep.’
    • ‘He also didn't seem paralysed, and while he was oddly moody in his last weeks, nothing seemed physically wrong.’
    • ‘I love her, but at the moment she's moody, distant and unreachable.’
    • ‘I didn't know why I was so moody and inclined to anger towards Will, but I couldn't help it.’
    unpredictable, temperamental, emotional, volatile, capricious, changeable, mercurial, unstable, fickle, flighty, inconstant, undependable, unsteady, erratic, fitful, impulsive
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    1. 1.1 Giving an impression of melancholy or mystery.
      ‘grainy film that gives a soft, moody effect’
      • ‘She merely offered him a moody look, eyes dark, expression dour.’
      • ‘More than other parrot species, Amazons are well known for their strong or often moody characters.’
      • ‘However, this is a great album, very dark at times, and moody and atmospheric throughout.’
      • ‘It's a moody album that has a definite dark edge which actually translates really well onstage.’
      • ‘There was lots of moody piano, haunting baselines and dark, jazzy, horn-filled grooves.’
      • ‘Dark and moody, these compositions provided the blueprint for his first main solo project.’
      • ‘The lighting also adds to the stage show feel with scorching searchlights and moody spots, used to great effect for the real deep blues numbers.’
      • ‘The poem touches on loss, and has its own moody tinge, but an unmitigated sadness is not the effect.’
      • ‘Even songs like The Joker sound moody and soulful.’
      • ‘The single large figure sprawls diagonally across the canvas in dark, moody browns and blues.’
      • ‘The postcard itself was a moody affair, a dark sepia scene of a cityscape that was gloom itself.’
      • ‘We begin in a dark, moody place, and proceed to brood for three-quarters of an hour.’
      • ‘They're equally comfortable with energetic rock as they are with slow, moody and melancholy tunes.’
      • ‘Blacks and shadow have great depth and detail with none of the moody lighting or fog effects lost.’
      • ‘The great voice talent, moody score, and zippy sound effects work well together.’
      • ‘It's dark and moody, yet one of the most impressive releases so far this year.’
      • ‘The locale is timeless, exotic and mysterious, and the light moody and evocative.’

Origin

Old English mōdig ‘brave or willful’ (see mood, -y).

Pronunciation

moody

/ˈmo͞odē//ˈmudi/