broody

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj broody deeply or seriously thoughtful; "Byron lives on not only in his poetry, but also in his creation of the 'Byronic hero' - the persona of a brooding melancholy young man"
    • adj broody physiologically ready to incubate eggs "a broody hen"
    • n broody a domestic hen ready to brood
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Broody Inclined to brood.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • broody Of a brooding disposition; inclined to brood or sit, as a hen.
    • broody Breeding or adapted for breeding: as, a broody bitch.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Broody inclined to sit or incubate
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. brĂ³d; Dut. broed; what is hatched.

Usage

In literature:

Let's get a stuffed broody hen to SIT on the magazine.
"The New Machiavelli" by Herbert George Wells
At first she firmly checked the broody instincts by shutting them callously under boxes despite pecks and loud protests.
"A Little Bush Maid" by Mary Grant Bruce
When a hen shows signs of broodiness remove her to the sitting-room.
"The Dollar Hen" by Milo M. Hastings
If we start with eggs, we shall have to buy or rent some broody hens to put on the eggs.
"Outdoor Sports and Games" by Claude H. Miller
Snip off shoots that show signs of becoming broody, and give a mash of middlings at quarter-day.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 150, March 8, 1916" by Various
Give me the broody serious men with fierce looks and slow smiles.
"Too Old for Dolls" by Anthony Mario Ludovici
There is a misty broodiness in his eyes which leaves them indescribably lovely to me as I watch him in his moments of raptness.
"The Prairie Child" by Arthur Stringer
It makes him broody, you know, like a hen.
"Love and Lucy" by Maurice Henry Hewlett
The "broody" hen makes a good picture of instinct.
"Psychology" by Robert S. Woodworth
Once the mind of the old squaw had laid an opinion, she would sit on it like a broody hen, till it went addled in her head.
"Dusty Star" by Olaf Baker
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In news:

Broody Chickens and Duck Eggs on the Way.
A balmy broody evening of song.
As of today, 16 have hatched , with plenty more eggs under broody hens.
(It's been quite a while since I've used a broody to hatch eggs.
) Two things come to mind: 1) The chicks in the eggs are creating enough heat that the hen doesn't need to sit right on them all the time, or 2) something is wrong with the broody hen and she's not going to pull off this hatch .
Broody Jammer Click to enlarge.
Pulling a warm egg from beneath a broody hen is a magical thing.
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