British Culture & Expressions

Feeling broody at the moment?

The word "broody" has two definitions. The desire of having a baby -in case of a hen, of laying eggs- or referring to a person whose vibe suggest that they are depressed, or deep in negative thought.

Feeling broody as having a baby

Broodiness is the action or behavioural tendency to sit on a clutch of eggs to incubate them” (Wikipedia). Being broody has been defined as “Being in a state of readiness to brood eggs that is characterised by cessation of laying and by marked changes in behaviour and physiology”.

When a woman feels broody means that she is starting to see babies in a much positive way. She might start mentioning things such as her “biological clock”.

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Feeling broody as being moody

A person who is unhappy, wistful and moody is an example of someone who might be described as broody.

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