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brooding (adj.)

1640s, "hovering, persistently overhanging" (as a mother bird does her nest), from present participle of brood (v.); meaning "that dwells moodily" first attested 1818 (in "Frankenstein").

brooding (n.)

"action of incubating," c. 1400, verbal noun from brood (v.). Figuratively (of weather, etc.) from 1805; of mental fixations by 1873. Related: Broodingly.

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Definitions of brooding from WordNet
1
brooding (n.)
sitting on eggs so as to hatch them by the warmth of the body;
Synonyms: incubation
brooding (n.)
persistent morbid meditation on a problem;
Synonyms: pensiveness
2
brooding (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
From wordnet.princeton.edu

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