from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Spirited; high-spirited; proud; obstinate.
  • Angry.
  • Subject to or indulging in moods or humors; hence, peevish; fretful; out of humor; gloomy; sullen; melancholy.
  • Corresponding or adapted to moods or varying states of mind.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Subject to varying moods, especially to states of mind which are unamiable or depressed.
  • adjective Hence: Out of humor; peevish; angry; fretful; also, abstracted and pensive; sad; gloomy; melancholy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective given to sudden or frequent changes of mind; temperamental
  • adjective sulky or depressed
  • adjective dour, gloomy or brooding

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

  • adjective showing a brooding ill humor
  • adjective subject to sharply varying moods
  • noun United States evangelist (1837-1899)
  • noun United States tennis player who dominated women's tennis in the 1920s and 1930s (1905-1998)


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old English mōdiġ ("brave"), from Proto-Germanic. Cognate with Dutch moedig, German mutig, Swedish modig.



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