Definition of wooden
1 : made or consisting of wood
2 : lacking ease or flexibility : awkwardly stiff a wooden speech a wooden performer
woodennessplay \ˈwu̇-dən-(n)əs\ noun
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Examples of wooden in a Sentence
The guest speaker was wooden and uninspiring.
a movie with wooden dialogue
Recent Examples of wooden from the Web
Stir gently with wooden spoon for 25 to 30 seconds until milk starts to firm and separates into whey.
The video opens on a shot of a classroom—Koro is seated at a wooden desk among more than a dozen young students, all dressed in black shirts and ISIS bandannas.
Rick Steves In the Netherlands, to experience Dutch life through the ages, take a day trip from Amsterdam to the countryside, where open-air folk museums are a nostalgic escape featuring, of course, cheesemaking, windmills and wooden shoes.
A distressed wood chest cabinet with streaks of forest green and teal add an earthy feel to the kitchen where a round chandelier with dangling shells and glass beads hangs over a round wooden table.
The J Class Yachts Ten massive, wooden, monohull J Class yachts were built to compete in the 1930s, and three of the originals still exist today.
The tables had African lanterns, wooden elephants, and floral arrangements of roses and poppies.
Coach's wooden edifice might not be the easiest place to find on our steak trail.
Purchased in an online auction, the focal point is surrounded by five black leather chairs and a wooden church pew.
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Did You Know?
Humans have been making objects out of wood since before there even was an English language, but the adjectival use of "wood" didn't come into being until the 14th century, and "wooden" didn't appear until the 16th. (The word wood has ancient roots, but it originally existed only as a noun.) In Middle English, the adjective of choice was "tree" or "treen," as in a "tree vessel" or "treen shoes." "Treen" in turn came from the Old English word trēowen, from the noun "trēow" ("tree") and the suffix -en, which was used to indicate that something was composed of a certain material. As far as we know, no one ever used "treen" figuratively to describe things that are stiff as a board, but "wooden" was put to broader use soon after it was first recorded.
First Known Use of wooden
WOODEN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of wooden for English Language Learners
: made of wood
: awkward or stiff : not having or showing any emotion, energy, etc.
WOODEN Defined for Kids
Definition of wooden for Students
1 : made of wood
2 : lacking spirit, ease, or charm a wooden manner
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