• WordNet 3.6
    • adj moody subject to sharply varying moods "a temperamental opera singer"
    • adj moody showing a brooding ill humor "a dark scowl","the proverbially dour New England Puritan","a glum, hopeless shrug","he sat in moody silence","a morose and unsociable manner","a saturnine, almost misanthropic young genius"- Bruce Bliven","a sour temper","a sullen crowd"
    • n Moody United States evangelist (1837-1899)
    • n Moody United States tennis player who dominated women's tennis in the 1920s and 1930s (1905-1998)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Moody Hence: Out of humor; peevish; angry; fretful; also, abstracted and pensive; sad; gloomy; melancholy. "Every peevish, moody malcontent.""Arouse thee from thy moody dream!"
    • Moody Subject to varying moods, especially to states of mind which are unamiable or depressed.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • moody Spirited; high-spirited; proud; obstinate.
    • moody Angry.
    • moody Subject to or indulging in moods or humors; hence, peevish; fretful; out of humor; gloomy; sullen; melancholy.
    • moody Corresponding or adapted to moods or varying states of mind.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Moody indulging in moods: out of humour: angry: sad: gloomy
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. mōdig, courageous
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. mód, mind; cf. Ger. muth, courage.


In literature:

Hollister waited for that with moody expectation.
"The Hidden Places" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
And thus this sad young love tripped along with innocent hope by the moody Opunui's side.
"Hawaiian Folk Tales" by Various
He went to fine dinners, and sat silent over them; rode fine horses, and black care jumped up behind the moody horseman.
"Thackeray" by Anthony Trollope
And so in moody silence, the twain sat together until Andrew had finished his supper.
"Choice Readings for the Home Circle" by Anonymous
I was moody, irresolute, and hatefully reserved.
"Lore of Proserpine" by Maurice Hewlett
Steve was most taciturn at the table the following morning; his moody silence puzzled even Sarah Hunter.
"Then I'll Come Back to You" by Larry Evans
Some of Moody's poems rank with the best in the literature of his time.
"The Last Harvest" by John Burroughs
The miseries associated with his parentage had gone far to make him sour and moody.
"The Cow Puncher" by Robert J. C. Stead
Blanche forgot to be petulant or moody.
"The Moccasin Ranch" by Hamlin Garland
He had become moody and querulous, and occasionally even irritable.
"Henrietta Temple A Love Story" by Benjamin Disraeli

In poetry:

Yet is declared a greater thing than change!
For change is but a proving and a sign
Of that which lies above the moody range
Where every broken grape must yield its wine!
"The Pendulum" by Dame Mary Gilmore DBE
O'er his face of moody sadness
For an instant shone
Something like a gleam of gladness,
As he stooped him down
To the fountain's grassy side,
And his eager thirst supplied.
"The Fountain" by John Greenleaf Whittier
She shudders and stops as the charm she speaks;—
Is it the moody owl that shrieks?
Or is that sound, betwixt laughter and scream,
The voice of the Demon who haunts the stream?
"St. Swithin's Chair" by Sir Walter Scott
''Better to write than mutter to myself:
The page bears moody words my tongue might bring
Into the open; and when tears would flow,
Or terror crush, I clutch the pen and write.''
"In The Canyon" by Edwin Ford Piper
The winter wind that pass'd the chapel door,
Sang out a moody tune, that went right well
With mine own thoughts: I look'd down on the floor,
Between my feet, until I heard a bell
"Sir Galahad, A Christmas Mystery" by William Morris
"From that day forth he never smiled; morose and silent grown,
He wandered unfrequented ways, a moody man and lone.
The schoolboy shuddered in the wood, when he old Richard passed,
And hurried on, while fearful looks he o'er his shoulder cast.
"The Sinless Child Part 4" by Elizabeth Oakes Smith

In news:

Legendary investor Warren Buffett defended Moody's and other credit-rating agencies Wednesday, saying they shouldn't be singled out for missing a massive speculative bubble in the housing market.
Indians QB Ryan Moody also added 214 passing yards and three TDs.
Moody's sees big banks' risks of ' outsized losses'.
The moody Korean thriller " Perfect Number ," based on the Japanese novel by Keigo Higashino, has American remake written all over it.
E arlier this month, Moody's downgraded Irish government debt to junk.
From left are Taylor Moody, 11, of East Wilton, Ronin Kvaitchadze, 5, and his brother, Jeiran Kvaitchadze, 6, both of Boston, Mass.
Eliminate the debt ceiling, Moody's suggests.
The slumbering, lumbering behemoth of '70s arenas has awakened in the guise of Tool, a Lollapalooza-era band that has stayed true to its muse of heavy, moody rock since its inception in the early '90s.
Take one celebrated photographer (Nick Knight), pair him with a fashion wunderkind (Gareth Pugh) and you'll get a dark, moody video.
Nokia, after ' precipitous decline,' cut to junk by Moody's.
Music that's dark, moody, trippy or spooky.
Altarena's ' Spitfire Grill' Serves Up Moody Tales, Music.
REVIEWS Obits, 'Moody Standard and Poor.
TERA MOODY is awake.
Three Novellas By Rick Moody Little, Brown, 223 pages, $23.99.

In science:

We define unipotent crystals (see ) associated to Kac-Moody groups.
Geometric Crystals on Schubert Varieties
Slodowy P., On the geometry of Scubert varieties attached to Kac-Moody Lie algebras, Can.
Geometric Crystals on Schubert Varieties
This is like in the radial basis function neural networks (Broomhead and Lowe, 1988; Moody and Darken, 1989; Poggio and Girosi, 1989).
On Interference of Signals and Generalization in Feedforward Neural Networks
We propose a conjectural formula expressing the generating series of some Hodge integrals in terms of representation theory of Kac-Moody algebras.
A Conjecture on Hodge Integrals
Kac to provide explicit realizations of all affine Kac-Moody Lie algebras (see Ch. 8 of [K1] for details).
Automorphisms and twisted loop algebras of finite dimensional simple Lie superalgebras