brooding

UK [ˈbruːdɪŋ] / US [ˈbrudɪŋ] adjective
1) literary making you feel as if something bad or dangerous is about to happen
2) looking as if you are thinking and worrying about something

the brooding expression in his dark eyes


English dictionary. 2014.

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  • brooding — rood ing, a. good at incubating eggs, especially of a fowl kept for that purpose; as, a brooding hen. Syn: brood, hatching. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • brooding — rooding n. the process of sitting on eggs so as to hatch them by the warmth of the body; mostly used of birds. Syn: incubation. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • brooding — rood ing, a. 1. worried and thinking long and intensely, especially about a particular problem. Syn: broody, contemplative, meditative, musing, pensive, pondering, reflective, ruminative, gloomy, morose. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • brooding — index contemplation, deliberation Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • brooding — (adj.) 1640s, hovering, overhanging (as a mother bird does her nest), from prp. of BROOD (Cf. brood) (v.); meaning that dwells moodily first attested 1818 (in Frankenstein ) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Brooding — Brood Brood (br[=o]ch), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Brooded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Brooding}.] 1. To sit on and cover eggs, as a fowl, for the purpose of warming them and hatching the young; or to sit over and cover young, as a hen her chickens, in order to …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • brooding — broodingly, adv. /brooh ding/, adj. 1. preoccupied with depressing, morbid, or painful memories or thoughts: a brooding frame of mind. 2. cast in subdued light so as to convey a somewhat threatening atmosphere: Dusk fell on the brooding hills.… …   Universalium

  • brooding — [[t]bru͟ːdɪŋ[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n Brooding is used to describe an atmosphere or feeling that makes you feel anxious or slightly afraid. [LITERARY] The same heavy, brooding silence descended on them. 2) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n If someone s… …   English dictionary

  • brooding — brood|ing [ˈbru:dıŋ] adj literary 1.) mysterious and threatening ▪ the brooding silence of the forest 2.) looking thoughtful and sad ▪ brooding eyes >broodingly adv …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • brooding — adj. Brooding is used with these nouns: ↑silence …   Collocations dictionary

  • brooding — brood|ing [ brudıŋ ] adjective 1. ) LITERARY making you feel as if something bad or dangerous is about to happen 2. ) looking as if you are thinking and worrying about something: the brooding expression in his dark eyes …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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