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

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

    Police Your Planet Lester del Rey
  • 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
  • But he has an exalted notion of the value of things, and, moreover, he is woodenly conservative.

    Through Arctic Lapland Cutcliffe Hyne
  • They remained wilfully, not to say woodenly, the young bridal pair of that romance, without the promise of novel functioning.

    The March Family Trilogy, Complete William Dean Howells
  • She played well and woodenly, and had for her reward a certain wooden satisfaction in her own performance.

    Thomas Wingfold, Curate George MacDonald
  • 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

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  • 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
  • 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
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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