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clammy

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adjective clam·my \ˈkla-mē\

Simple Definition of clammy

  • : unpleasantly wet and cold

Full Definition of clammy

clam·mi·erclam·mi·est

  1. 1 :  being damp, soft, sticky, and usually cool <cold clammy hands> <clammy air>

  2. 2 :  lacking normal human warmth <the clammy atmosphere of an institution>

clam·mi·ly play \ˈkla-mə-lē\ adverb
clam·mi·ness play \ˈkla-mē-nəs\ noun

Examples of clammy

  1. His hand was cold and clammy.

  2. <after a clammy handshake, the two bitter rivals squared off for a no-holds-barred debate>



Origin of clammy

Middle English, probably from clammen to smear, stick, from Old English clǣman; akin to Old English clǣg clay


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with clammy


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clammy

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adjective clam·my \ˈklam-ē\

Medical Definition of clammy

clam·mi·erclam·mi·est

  1. :  being moist and sticky <a patient in shock may be cold and clammyEmergency Medicine> <clammy sweating>




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