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wooden

[woo d-n] /ˈwʊd n/
adjective
1.
consisting or made of wood; wood:
a wooden ship.
2.
stiff, ungainly, or awkward:
a wooden gait.
3.
without spirit, animation, or awareness.
4.
dull or stupid.
5.
indicating the fifth event of a series, as a wedding anniversary.
Origin of wooden
1530-1540
1530-40; wood1 + -en2
Related forms
woodenly, adverb
woodenness, noun
Synonyms
3. expressionless, vacant, lifeless, impassive.
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Examples from the Web for wooden
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  • He had stepped to the door, and his thumb was on the wooden latch.

    A Son of Hagar Sir Hall Caine
  • The bucklers were huge shields, and the weapons were wooden swords.

    The Armourer's Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
  • They are done on leather prepared with gypsum and nailed to the wooden ceiling.

    Southern Spain A.F. Calvert
  • He preserved his wooden expression of countenance and turned towards her.

  • They may have been wooden figures, or part of the picture, there was no knowing which.

British Dictionary definitions for wooden

wooden

/ˈwʊdən/
adjective
1.
made from or consisting of wood
2.
awkward or clumsy
3.
bereft of spirit or animation: a wooden expression
4.
obstinately unyielding: a wooden attitude
5.
mentally slow or dull
6.
not highly resonant: a wooden thud
verb
7.
(transitive) (Austral, slang) to fell or kill (a person or animal)
Derived Forms
woodenly, adverb
woodenness, noun
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Word Origin and History for wooden
adj.

1530s, from wood (n.) + -en (2). Figurative use by 1560s. Related: Woodenly; woodenness.

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