adjective \ˈkla-mē\

: unpleasantly wet and cold


Full Definition of CLAMMY

:  being damp, soft, sticky, and usually cool <cold clammy hands> <clammy air>
:  lacking normal human warmth <the clammy atmosphere of an institution>
clam·mi·ly \ˈkla-mə-lē\ adverb
clam·mi·ness \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


adjective \ˈklam-ē\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CLAMMY

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


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