brooding

When you're dwelling on something, you're brooding about it — this can be thoughtful or morbidly obsessed.

When you're brooding, you might be depressed about something you just can't stop thinking about — like the lead character in Hamlet. Brooding can also mean you're being extremely thoughtful, contemplative, meditative, musing, reflective, or ruminative — those are all good things. You have to look at the context to see if someone is brooding in a positive or negative way. This is also a word for what chickens and other egg-laying animals do: sitting on eggs to help them hatch.

Primary Meanings of brooding

1.
adjn
deeply or seriously thoughtful
persistent morbid meditation on a problem
2.
n
sitting on eggs so as to hatch them by the warmth of the body
Full Definitions of brooding
1

adj 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”
Synonyms:
broody, contemplative, meditative, musing, pensive, pondering, reflective, ruminative
thoughtful
exhibiting or characterized by careful thought

n persistent morbid meditation on a problem

Synonyms:
pensiveness
Type of:
melancholy
a feeling of thoughtful sadness
2

n sitting on eggs so as to hatch them by the warmth of the body

Synonyms:
incubation
Type of:
birth, birthing, giving birth, parturition
the process of giving birth

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