broody

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Etymology[edit]

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

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Noun[edit]

broody (plural broodies)

  1. A female bird in the condition to incubate eggs; a broody hen, duck, etc.
    There are six broodies in that coop.

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Adjective[edit]

broody (comparative broodier or more broody, superlative broodiest or most broody)

  1. Of birds: sitting persistently and protectively on a nest, in order to hatch eggs.
    a broody hen
  2. Of any creature or person: showing an interest in raising young.

Synonyms[edit]

  • (sitting on a nest to hatch eggs): clucky

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