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English definition of “broody”

broody

adjective uk   /ˈbruː.di/ us  

broody adjective (WANTING YOUNG)

If a hen (= female chicken) is broody, she is ready to produce eggs and sit on them.

broody adjective (WANTING CHILDREN)

informal describes someone, usually a woman, who feels as if she would like to have a baby: Much to her surprise, Ruth started feeling broody in her late twenties.

broody adjective (WORRIED)

always thinking unhappy thoughts
broodiness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
It always brings on an attack of broodiness when I see my sister and her children.
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