Simple Definition of clammy
: unpleasantly wet and cold
Examples of clammy in a sentence
His hand was cold and clammy.
<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
CLAMMY Defined for Kids
Definition of clammy for Students
: unpleasantly damp, sticky, and cool <clammy skin>
Medical Definition of clammy
: being moist and sticky <a patient in shock may be cold and clammy—Emergency Medicine> <clammy sweating>
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