- covered with a cold, sticky moisture; cold and damp: clammy hands.
- sickly; morbid: She had a clammy feeling that something was wrong at home.
Origin of clammy
Examples from the Web for clammy
Beads of sweat now covered his forehead, and his arms and legs were clammy.When Everything Changed
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
March 11, 2011
We do not need to revisit the clammy atelier of science class.TSA Is Not Trying to Kill You
November 23, 2010
Until the threshold of 270 was crossed, the stillness of the clammy night continued to hang over the city.The Capital Goes Nuts
November 6, 2008
If too cold, it will scarcely rise at all, and will be white and clammy.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
Until you have shivered in clammy cotton, you cannot realize the importance of this point.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
Her own hands were cold and moist, and when she touched the child she thought its skin was clammy.The Manxman
The engineer winced as Solinski enfolded his hand in a clammy grip.The End of Time
He clenched his hands together; they were clammy with sweat, and his brain was in a whirl.The Great Hunger
- unpleasantly sticky; moistclammy hands
- (of the weather, atmosphere, etc) close; humid
Word Origin and History for clammy
"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.