from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Broody; incubating eggs by sitting on them.
  • adj. Deeply or seriously thoughtful.
  • v. Present participle of brood.
  • n. A spell of brooding; the time when someone broods.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. worried and thinking long and intensely, especially about a particular problem.
  • adj. good at incubating eggs, especially of a fowl kept for that purpose.
  • n. the process of sitting on eggs so as to hatch them by the warmth of the body; -- mostly used of birds.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Sitting, as a bird on her eggs: as, a brooding hen.
  • Warming: as, “the brooding heat,”
  • Pondering; thinking deeply; disposed to ponder or think deeply: as, a brooding disposition.
  • Settled; rooted; fixed in the heart: a figurative use derived from the steadfastness with which a bird sits on her eggs.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. deeply or seriously thoughtful
  • n. sitting on eggs so as to hatch them by the warmth of the body
  • n. persistent morbid meditation on a problem


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  • At such times he was remarkably taciturn, and would sit in brooding silence or go almost immediately to bed.

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  • When the strike drags on they’ll turn back to silent films and, we all know, that walking around looking hot and brooding is what Keanu does best.


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