Definition of mood noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//muːd//
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  1. 1  [countable] the way you are feeling at a particular time She's in a good mood today (= happy and friendly). He's always in a bad mood (= unhappy, or angry and impatient). to be in a foul/filthy mood Some addicts suffer violent mood swings (= changes of mood) if deprived of the drug. Wait until he’s in a better mood before you ask him. I'm just not in the mood for a party tonight. I'm not really in the mood to go out tonight. Let’s not talk about it now. I’m not in the mood. He was in no mood for being polite to visitors.
  2. 2[countable] a period of being angry or impatient I wonder why he's in such a mood today. She was in one of her moods (= one of her regular periods of being angry or impatient). See related entries: Anger
  3. 3  [singular] the way a group of people feel about something; the atmosphere in a place or among a group of people The mood of the meeting was distinctly pessimistic. The movie captures the mood of the interwar years perfectly.
  4. 4 [countable] (grammar) any of the sets of verb forms that show whether what is said or written is certain, possible, necessary, etc.
  5. 5[countable] (grammar) one of the categories of verb use that expresses facts, orders, questions, wishes or conditions the indicative/imperative/subjunctive mood
  6. Word Originsenses 1 to 3 Old English mōd (also in the senses ‘mind’ and ‘fierce courage’), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch moed and German Mut.senses 4 to 5 mid 16th cent.: variant of mode, influenced by mood ‘state of mind’.Extra examples Choose clothes to match your mood. Don’t talk to Miranda today—she’s in a terrible mood! He could sense her gloomy mood. He’s in a funny mood today—who knows how he’ll react? His comments pretty much killed the mood for the rest of the show. His mood lifted as he concentrated on his driving. I can’t keep up with his constantly changing moods. I tried to make him laugh, but he was in no mood for jokes. Instantly he felt her change of mood. It immediately brightened her mood and brought a smile to her face. It was Christmas and everyone was in a festive mood. Mood disorders can disrupt relationships. Nicky seemed able to read her mood. Not wanting to dampen her good mood, I quickly changed the subject. Serotonin is a brain chemical which regulates mood. She could be a very funny girl when the mood struck her. She was in a bullish mood about the future of the company. She was not in the best of moods. The crowd’s mood abruptly turned violent. The music helped to put them in a more relaxed mood. The overall mood was optimistic. The right music sets the mood for such a great moment. The sacked workers were in defiant mood as they entered the tribunal. The weather seemed to reflect his dark mood. a film that has captured the mood of the moment a president who can gauge the popular mood the challenge of coping with negative mood states the prevailing mood in the country at the time He’s always in a bad mood. Helen was in a relatively confident mood. I wonder why he’s in such a mood today. I’m just not in the mood for a party. She’s in a good mood today. Some addicts suffer violent mood swings if deprived of the drug. The killings produced a sombre mood at the rally. The news had put Michelle in a foul mood. The prevailing mood of public opinion remained hostile. We need a leader who can gauge the popular mood. to be in a bad/​foul/​filthy/​terrible mood
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: mood