Definition of Broody

1. Noun. A domestic hen ready to brood.

Exact synonyms: Brood Hen, Broody Hen, Setting Hen, Sitter
Generic synonyms: Biddy, Hen



2. Adjective. Physiologically ready to incubate eggs. "A broody hen"
Similar to: Oviparous

3. Adjective. Deeply or seriously thoughtful. "Byron lives on not only in his poetry, but also in his creation of the 'Byronic hero' - the persona of a brooding melancholy young man"

Definition of Broody

1. a. Inclined to brood.

Definition of Broody

1. Noun. (Poultry) A female bird which is in the condition to incubate eggs; a broody hen, duck, etc. ¹

2. Adjective. (Of birds) sitting persistently and protectively on a nest, in order to hatch eggs (eg, 'a broody hen'). ¹

3. Adjective. (Of any creature or person) acting interested in raising young. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Broody

1. tending to brood [adj BROODIER, BROODIEST] : BROODILY [adv]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Broody

broodier
broodies
broodiest
broodily
broodiness
broodinesses
brooding
broodingly
broodings
broodless
broodmare
broodmares
broods
broodstocks
broody (current term)
broody hen
brook lamprey
brook lampreys
brook mint
brook thistle
brook trout
brook trouts
brooked
brookie
brookies
brooking
brookite
brookites

Literary usage of Broody

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Journal of Horticulture, Cottage Gardener and Country Gentlemen (1875)
"We conclude it is in consequence of this great demand for sitting hens, which increases yearly, that the " broody hen trade " as we will term it, ..."

2. Productive Poultry Husbandry: A Complete Text Dealing with the Principles by Harry Reynolds Lewis (1913)
"Several signs will enable one to pick out the broody hen. ... The non-broody hen will leave immediately after laying and is easily disturbed when she is ..."

3. An Introduction to Agriculture by Arthur Aquila Upham, Gustavus Adolphus Schmidt (1919)
"Experiments have shown that laying hens, confined in broody coops the first day they show ... If broody ten days, the interval between the last egg laid, ..."

4. The Health Exhibition Literature (1884)
"Some foul- broody matter was placed on a plate pierced by a hole, below which, ... Dr. Schonfeld describes the foul-broody matter as being full of ..."

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