from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Meditative; contemplative.
  • adj. Oppressive: "The room's air was broody and sullen, like the season's own, full of storm clouds” ( Nicholas Proffitt).
  • adj. Disposed to sit on eggs to hatch them: a broody hen.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A female bird which is in the condition to incubate eggs; a broody hen, duck, etc.
  • adj. sitting persistently and protectively on a nest, in order to hatch eggs (eg, 'a broody hen').
  • adj. acting interested in raising young.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Inclined to brood.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of a brooding disposition; inclined to brood or sit, as a hen.
  • Breeding or adapted for breeding: as, a broody bitch.

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

  • adj. deeply or seriously thoughtful
  • adj. physiologically ready to incubate eggs
  • n. a domestic hen ready to brood


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