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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishbroodybrood‧y /ˈbruːdi/ adjective  1 British English informalWANT wishing that you had a baby I get broody when I see baby clothes.2 WORRIEDsilent because you are thinking or worrying about something Damian’s been broody lately.3 HBPif a female bird is broody, it wants to lay eggs or to sit on them to make the young birds break outbroodiness noun [uncountable]
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broodyMen, under these circumstances, would have no broody gene of their own.Once he put a broody hen on a clutch of eggs and ten little chicks hatched out.The broody hens were taken and the young pheasants ignored.They're a broody looking fivesome, all dark clothes and darker expressions.She tried to clear them from her mind, but was broody over breakfast.I was left broody, solemn, sad.After that she said nothing for a while, only sat watching me in a broody way.
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