also, dark mood
- to be angry, irritable or in a temper
- be down, gloomy or depressed
- feel sad, miserable, melancholic or fed up
- Geoff was in one of his black moods today, and no amount of cajoling could snap him out of it.
- My father suffered from black moods as he got older. Sometimes they lasted for days on end.
- I could feel a black mood creeping over me, so I put some rock music on the car radio and sang along to clear my head.
- When the share price dropped yesterday, all of the staff were in such a black mood.
- The exam results were shockingly low this year, and the headmaster was in a really black mood after they were made public.
- Phil was in a black mood for weeks after his car was stolen and his girlfriend dumped him for his best friend.
- The captain is in a dark mood for not winning the match.
- The good news helped dispel the dark mood dominating villagers earlier in the day.
- Sorry. I’m in a dark mood these days.
- When we repeatedly talk about negative situations, we can feed a dark mood.
Given that black has historically been a colour associated with darkness, doom and death, this informal phrase has long been used to describe a multitude of negative feelings, from anger to sadness and depression. No evidence of a timeline can be found.