adjective, mood·i·er, mood·i·est.

  1. given to gloomy, depressed, or sullen moods; ill-humored.
  2. proceeding from or showing such a mood: a moody silence.
  3. expressing or exhibiting sharply varying moods; temperamental.


  1. Dwight Ly·man [lahy-muh n] /ˈlaɪ mən/, 1837–99, U.S. evangelist.
  2. Helen Wills. Wills, Helen Newington.
  3. William Vaughn [vawn] /vɔn/, 1869–1910, U.S. poet and playwright.

adjective moodier or moodiest

  1. sullen, sulky, or gloomy
  2. temperamental or changeable


  1. Dwight Lyman. 1837–99, US evangelist and hymnodist, noted for his revivalist campaigns in Britain and the US with I. D. Sankey

adj.Old English modig “brave, proud, high-spirited, impetuous, arrogant,” from Proto-Germanic *modago- (cf. Old Saxon modag, Dutch moedig, German mutig, Old Norse moðugr); see mood (1) + -y (2). Meaning “subject to gloomy spells” is first recorded 1590s (via a Middle English sense of “angry”). adj.

  1. Given to frequent changes of mood; temperamental.
  2. Subject to periods of depression; sulky.
  3. Expressive of a mood, especially a sullen or gloomy mood.

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