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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
1530-1540
1530-40; wood1 + -en2
Related forms
woodenly, adverb
woodenness, noun
Synonyms
3. expressionless, vacant, lifeless, impassive.
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  • Maybe he made simpler examples by using twigs and little wooden sticks.
  • And there is this: a seaman's roughly made wooden trunk, perhaps four feet long, its exterior without significant decoration.
  • Each of the hand-selected wooden wagon wheels has been restored and made into a fully functioning timepiece.
  • It includes the world's largest wooden dome structure.
  • The next thing you notice is the line of wooden carts along the wall.
  • The anxiety of many job seekers shows through in their letters, usually in wooden, awkward prose.
  • In the machine shop, a wooden model airplane is being worked on by two students.
  • We looked at menus scribbled on round wooden paddles.
  • Chimney fires could beget larger blazes that would destroy blocks and blocks of wooden houses.
  • If somebody walked into my office now, they'd get a wooden duck straight between the eyes.
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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