Synonyms for Brooding:


all (adjective)
ruminative, reflective, pondering, musing, contemplative, meditative, broody, pensive.


bug-eyed, beatific, bleak, absent, darkly, appealing, dark, black, curious. grave, distressing, serious, severe, anxious, tense, stressful, disturbing, alarming, worrying. brooding (noun)
pondering, thoughtful, brood, pensive, oviparous, broody, contemplative, meditative, incubation, hatching, musing, reflective, ruminative, pensiveness.
process (noun)
thought (noun)
wistfulness, contemplation, calculation, lucubration, engrossment, Debating, attention, thinking, preoccupation, meditation, evaluation, analysis, consideration, musing, cerebration, concentration, pondering, speculation, cogitation, appraisal, reflection, reasoning, study, imagination, brain work, intellection, daydreaming, envisioning, thought, weighing, absorption, deliberation.


thinking (verb)
evaluating, reflecting, calculating, cerebrating, Speculating, studying, Considering, Meditating, Cogitating, appraising, Contemplating, Imagining, Deliberating, Analyzing, Concentrating.

Other synonyms:

bug-eyed, grave, darkly, bleak, beatific, black, appealing, dark. curious. absent. Other relevant words:
severe, hatching, anxious, distressing, pensive, bleak, pensiveness, curious, stressful, meditative, darkly, black, oviparous, worrying, appealing, absent, reflective, beatific, dark, ruminative, tense, incubation, grave, bug-eyed, broody, serious, contemplative, alarming, brood, disturbing, thoughtful.

Usage examples for brooding

  1. He lifted his brooding eyes and looked at me. – The Life Everlasting: A Reality of Romance by Marie Corelli
  2. Tom sat back in his chair, eyes brooding – The Way of Decision by M. C. Pease
  3. I doubt much if it was what I ought to have said, but I was alarmed for the consequences of such brooding – Wilfrid Cumbermede by George MacDonald