Definitions

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

  • n. A state of mind or emotion.
  • n. A pervading impression of an observer: the somber mood of the painting.
  • n. An incidence of sulking or angry behavior.
  • n. Inclination; disposition.
  • n. Grammar A set of verb forms or inflections used to indicate the speaker's attitude toward the factuality or likelihood of the action or condition expressed. In English the indicative mood is used to make factual statements, the subjunctive mood to indicate doubt or unlikelihood, and the imperative mood to express a command.
  • n. Logic The arrangement or form of a syllogism.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A verb form that depends on how its containing clause relates to the speaker’s or writer’s wish, intent, or assertion about reality
  • n. a mental or emotional state, composure
  • n. a sullen mental state; a bad mood
  • n. a disposition to do something
  • n. a prevalent atmosphere or feeling

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Manner; style; mode; logical form; musical style; manner of action or being. See mode which is the preferable form).
  • n. Manner of conceiving and expressing action or being, as positive, possible, conditional, hypothetical, obligatory, imperitive, etc., without regard to other accidents, such as time, person, number, etc.
  • n. Temper of mind; temporary state of the mind in regard to passion or feeling; humor

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Mind; heart.
  • n. Temper of mind; state of the mind as regards passion or feeling; disposition; humor: as, a melancholy mood.
  • n. Heat of temper; anger.
  • n. Zeal: in the phrase with main and mood, with might and main; with a will.
  • n. A morbid or fantastic state of mind, as a fit of bad temper, sudden anger, or sullenness; also, absence of mind, or abstraction: generally used in the plural.
  • n. A state of mind with reference to something to be done or omitted; a more or less capricious state of feeling disposing one to action: commonly in the phrase in the mood: as, many artists work only when they are in the mood.
  • n. In grammar, same as mode, 3.
  • n. In logic, a variety of syllogism depending on the quantity (universal or particular) and quality (affirmative or negative) of the propositions composing it.
  • n. In music, same as mode, 7.
  • n. Mother-of-vinegar.

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

  • n. the prevailing psychological state
  • n. a characteristic (habitual or relatively temporary) state of feeling
  • n. verb inflections that express how the action or state is conceived by the speaker

Etymologies

Middle English mod, from Old English mōd, disposition; see mē-1 in Indo-European roots.
Alteration of mode.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Alteration of mode (Wiktionary)
From Middle English mood, mode, mod, from Old English mōd ("heart, mind, spirit, mood, temper; courage; arrogance, pride; power, violence"), from Proto-Germanic *mōdan, *mōdaz (“sense, courage, zeal, anger”), from Proto-Indo-European *mō-, *mē- (“endeavour, will, temper”). Cognate with Scots mude, muid ("mood, courage, spirit, temper, disposition"), West Frisian moed ("mind, spirit, courage, will, intention"), Dutch moed ("courage, bravery, heart, valor"), Low German Mōt, Mūt ("mind, heart, courage"), German Mut ("courage, braveness, heart, spirit"), Swedish mod ("courage, heart, bravery"), Icelandic móður ("wrath, grief, moodiness"), Latin mōs ("will, humour, wont, inclination, mood"), Russian сметь (smetʹ, "to dare, venture"). (Wiktionary)

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