clammy

  • 1 Clammy — Clam my, a. [Compar. {Clammier}; superl. {Clammiest}.] [Cf. AS. cl[=a]m clay. See {Clam} to clog, and cf. {Clay}.] Having the quality of being viscous or adhesive; soft and sticky; glutinous; damp and adhesive, as if covered with a cold… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 clammy — (adj.) late 14c., probably from M.E. clam viscous, sticky, muddy (mid 14c.), from O.E. clæm mud, sticky clay, from P.Gmc. *klaimaz clay (Cf. Flem. klammig, Low. Ger. klamig sticky, damp, O.E. clæman to smear, plaster; Cf. CLAY (Cf. clay)) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 3 clammy — [adj] damp close, dank, drizzly, moist, mucid, mucous, muculent, pasty, slimy, soggy, sticky, sweating, sweaty, wet; concept 603 Ant. dry …

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  • 4 clammy — ► ADJECTIVE (clammier, clammiest) 1) unpleasantly damp and sticky. 2) (of air) cold and damp. DERIVATIVES clammily adverb clamminess noun. ORIGIN from dialect clam «to be sticky»; related to …

    English terms dictionary

  • 5 clammy — [klam′ē] adj. clammier, clammiest [ME < clam, viscous, muddy, prob. < OE clam, mud, clay: for IE base see CLAY] unpleasantly moist, cold, and sticky clammily adv. clamminess n …

    English World dictionary

  • 6 clammy — [[t]klæ̱mi[/t]] ADJ GRADED Something that is clammy is unpleasantly damp or sticky. Think of the clammy hands you get when you visit the dentist!... My shirt was clammy with sweat …

    English dictionary

  • 7 clammy — UK [ˈklæmɪ] / US adjective Word forms clammy : adjective clammy comparative clammier superlative clammiest cold and wet in an unpleasant way Her hands felt cold and clammy. Derived word: clamminess noun uncountable …

    English dictionary

  • 8 clammy — adjective (clammier; est) Etymology: Middle English, probably from clammen to smear, stick, from Old English clǣman; akin to Old English clǣg clay Date: 14th century 1. being damp, soft, sticky, and usually cool < a clammy and inten …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 9 clammy — clammily, adv. clamminess, n. /klam ee/, adj. clammier, clammiest. 1. covered with a cold, sticky moisture; cold and damp: clammy hands. 2. sickly; morbid: She had a clammy feeling that something was wrong at home. [1350 1400; ME, equiv. to ME… …

    Universalium

  • 10 clammy — clam·my klam ē adj, clam·mi·er; est being moist and sticky <a patient in shock may be cold and clammy (Emergency Medicine)> <clammy sweating> …

    Medical dictionary

  • 11 clammy — adjective 1) his clammy hands Syn: moist, damp, sweaty, sticky; slimy, slippery Ant: dry 2) the clammy atmosphere Syn: damp, dank …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 12 clammy — clam•my [[t]ˈklæm i[/t]] adj. mi•er, mi•est 1) covered with a cold, sticky moisture; cold and damp: clammy hands[/ex] 2) sickly; morbid: a clammy feeling[/ex] • Etymology: 1350–1400; ME, =clam sticky, cold and damp (akin to OE clām mud, clay) + y …

    From formal English to slang

  • 13 clammy — adjective Cold and damp, usually referring to hands or palms. His hands were clammy from fright …

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  • 14 clammy — adj. Clammy is used with these nouns: ↑hand, ↑sweat …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 15 clammy — clam|my [ˈklæmi] adj [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: Probably from clam to spread something soft, stick (11 19 centuries), from Old English clAman] feeling unpleasantly wet, cold, and sticky ▪ Get your clammy hands off me! >clammily adv… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 clammy — clam|my [ klæmi ] adjective cold and wet in an unpleasant way: Her hands felt cold and clammy. ╾ clam|mi|ness noun uncount …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 17 clammy — [14] Etymologically, clammy means ‘sticky as if smeared with clay’. It comes from the now obsolete verb clam ‘smear, stick’. This goes back to Old English clǣman, a word of ancient ancestry: its prehistoric Germanic source was *klaimjan, a verb… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 18 clammy — adjective feeling wet, cold, and sticky in a way that is unpleasant: clammy with sweat clammily adverb clamminess noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 clammy — [14] Etymologically, clammy means ‘sticky as if smeared with clay’. It comes from the now obsolete verb clam ‘smear, stick’. This goes back to Old English clǣman, a word of ancient ancestry: its prehistoric Germanic source was *klaimjan, a verb… …

    Word origins

  • 20 Clammy — Клейкий, липкий …

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