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  • n. The state of being broody

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Inclination to brood or sit, as in a hen.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • Mr Jarrett believes Andy's broodiness is down to his body being full of hormones at the end of the breeding season.

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  • For example, several of my best hens, quite untouched by the modern spirit of feminine unrest, have been developing "broodiness" and

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  • There was a time, once, on a grey, dull Sunday afternoon when I glanced out the window and thought about having children but it turned out I was confusing the feeling of broodiness with terrible indigestion.

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  • Kara Tointon has just the right broodiness as the edgy Evelyn, who is like a comic version of the young mother in Edward Bond's Saved.

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  • There was a rap at the front door, and I found myself glad for it, glad for anything to distract me from the broodiness that now filled my kitchen.

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  • That hunka-hunk-of-biting-love version of vampire lore gets a new boost tonight from CW's Vampire Diaries, a TV amalgam of Twilight's teen-angst broodiness, True Blood's humor-spiced chills, and the good boy/bad boy dynamic that is a teen soap's lifeblood.

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  • Sometimes I wish I could turn off the broodiness - I melt whenever I see those tiny baby clothes in the shops and I've even bought a few items because I simply couldn't resist.

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  • The breed is prized for its gentleness and broodiness, and the hens are often used commercially to hatch eggs, especially pheasant eggs.

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  • In my reading I learned that broodiness, the desire to set on a clutch of eggs, to become a mother, had almost been bred out of many modern breeds of fowl.

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  • As content as I was, the sight of the newly-weds from three graves down eyeing a small adjacent plot - the perfect size for a child's coffin — hand in hand and with tender hope in their eyes had filled me with the first flutterings of broodiness.

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