clammy

adjective
clam·​my | \ ˈkla-mē How to pronounce clammy (audio) \
clammier; clammiest

Definition of clammy

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

Other Words from clammy

clammily \ ˈkla-​mə-​lē How to pronounce clammy (audio) \ adverb
clamminess \ ˈkla-​mē-​nəs How to pronounce clammy (audio) \ noun

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
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First Known Use of clammy

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for clammy

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

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2 Dec 2021

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“Clammy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clammy. Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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More Definitions for clammy

clammy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of clammy

: unpleasantly wet and cold

clammy

adjective
clam·​my | \ ˈkla-mē How to pronounce clammy (audio) \
clammier; clammiest

Kids Definition of clammy

: unpleasantly damp, sticky, and cool clammy skin

clammy

adjective
clam·​my | \ ˈklam-ē How to pronounce clammy (audio) \
clammier; clammiest

Medical Definition of clammy

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

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