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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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  • But he has an exalted notion of the value of things, and, moreover, he is woodenly conservative.

    Through Arctic Lapland Cutcliffe Hyne
  • She was trembling with eagerness, but the station agent stood on my other side, and he was woodenly stolid.

    The Mistress of Bonaventure Harold Bindloss
  • Ewbert dropped his arms from the embrace in which he had folded her woodenly unresponsive frame, and regarded her sadly.

    A Pair of Patient Lovers William Dean Howells
  • They remained wilfully, not to say woodenly, the young bridal pair of that romance, without the promise of novel functioning.

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  • He climbed in woodenly, leaving his helmet on as he saw the broken window.

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  • She played well and woodenly, and had for her reward a certain wooden satisfaction in her own performance.

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  • Gordon hesitated, and then swung off woodenly to take up his new beat.

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  • A file of them, stolid, woodenly walking—he could not fail to know them from the ape-men of the tribe.

    Brood of the Dark Moon Charles Willard Diffin
  • It was another instant before he sensed that his companions were still marching—trudging stiffly, woodenly off through the dark.

    Brood of the Dark Moon Charles Willard Diffin
British Dictionary definitions for woodenly

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 woodenly

wooden

adj.

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

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