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clammy

[klam-ee] /ˈklæm i/
adjective, 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.
Origin of clammy
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English, equivalent to Middle English clam sticky, cold and damp + -y -y1
Related forms
clammily, adverb
clamminess, noun
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Examples from the Web for clamminess
Historical Examples
  • Try them with a fork, which must come out quite clean, and with no clamminess sticking to it.

  • But you are not troubled now with the clamminess of unabsorbed perspiration.

    Common Science Carleton W. Washburne
  • More penetrating than its clamminess was the thought that Madame de Ferrier was out in it alone.

    Lazarre Mary Hartwell Catherwood
  • A clamminess, such as others feel at the approach of death, spread over my brow and neck.

    Simon the Jester William J. Locke
  • Though the root-meaning seems rather that of clamminess or adhesiveness, as found in Sansc.

    The River-Names of Europe Robert Ferguson
British Dictionary definitions for clamminess

clammy

/ˈklæmɪ/
adjective -mier, -miest
1.
unpleasantly sticky; moist: clammy hands
2.
(of the weather, atmosphere, etc) close; humid
Derived Forms
clammily, adverb
clamminess, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old English clǣman to smear; related to Old Norse kleima, Old High German kleimen
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Word Origin and History for clamminess

clammy

adj.

"soft and sticky," late 14c., probably from Middle English clam "viscous, sticky, muddy" (mid-14c.), from Old English clæm "mud, sticky clay," from Proto-Germanic *klaimaz "clay" (cf. Flemish klammig, Low German klamig "sticky, damp," Old English clæman "to smear, plaster;" cf. clay). With -y (2). Related: Clammily; clamminess.

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