Broody meaning

bro͝o'dē
(Of any creature or person) Acting interested in raising young.
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The definition of broody is unhappy and moody, or is really wanting to have a baby or, in the case of a hen, really wanting to lay eggs.

A person who is unhappy, wistful and moody is an example of someone who might be described as broody.

A woman who really wants to get pregnant is an example of someone who might be described as broody.

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Disposed to sit on eggs to hatch them.

A broody hen.

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Ready to brood, as poultry.
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Inclined to brood, or dwell moodily on one's own thoughts.
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(Poultry) A female bird which is in the condition to incubate eggs; a broody hen, duck, etc.

There are six broodies in that coop.

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(Of birds) Sitting persistently and protectively on a nest, in order to hatch eggs (eg, 'a broody hen').
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Origin of broody

  • From Middle English *brody, *brodi, from Old English brōdiġ (“broody”), equivalent to brood +‎ -y. Cognate with German brütig (“broody”).
    From Wiktionary