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mood (noun)

Your mood is how you are feeling at a particular moment.

  • `I need to ask the boss for a pay rise today. How is he?'
    `Oh, he's in a bad mood at the moment. I'd ask another time.'

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  • Paul's in a good mood.
    (= he feels happy and friendly)
  • Sheila's in a bad mood.
    (= she feels angry, bad-tempered, unfriendly)
  • Henry's in a terrible mood.
    (= a very bad mood)
  • Sue's in a strange mood.
    (= I don't understand how she feels – she is unpredictable)
  • John's in a funny mood.
    (= the same as a strange mood)
  • The boss is in a mood.
    (= he's angry or bad-tempered)

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In the mood for/to means you feel like doing something.

  • I'm in the mood for going out tonight. Where shall we go?
  • Sam sent the children to bed because he was in no mood to sit and listen to them arguing with each other.

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Mood can also refer to how a group of people feel about things.

  • As soon as the away team scored the second goal, the mood in the crowd became ugly and angry.
  • The exhibition captured the mood of the early fifties.

Check out related words

  • feeling
  • temperament
  • nature
  • mind
  • atmosphere

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