clammy

adjective clam·my \ ˈkla-mē \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of clammy

clammier; clammiest
1 :being damp, soft, sticky, and usually cool
  • cold clammy hands
  • clammy air
2 :lacking normal human warmth
  • the clammy atmosphere of an institution

clammily

play \ˈkla-mə-lē\ adverb

clamminess

play \ˈkla-mē-nəs\ noun

Examples of clammy in a Sentence

  1. His hand was cold and clammy.

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

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Origin and Etymology of clammy

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


CLAMMY Defined for English Language Learners

clammy

adjective

Definition of clammy for English Language Learners

  • : unpleasantly wet and cold


CLAMMY Defined for Kids

clammy

adjective clam·my \ ˈkla-mē \

Definition of clammy for Students

clammier; clammiest
:unpleasantly damp, sticky, and cool
  • clammy skin

Medical Dictionary

clammy

adjective clam·my \ ˈklam-ē \

medical Definition of clammy

clammier; clammiest
:being moist and sticky
  • a patient in shock may be cold and clammy
  • Emergency Medicine
  • clammy sweating


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