adjective, clam·mi·er, clam·mi·est.
Origin of clammy
Examples from the Web for clamminess
Though the root-meaning seems rather that of clamminess or adhesiveness, as found in Sansc.The River-Names of Europe|Robert Ferguson
Try them with a fork, which must come out quite clean, and with no clamminess sticking to it.Miss Leslie's Lady's New Receipt-Book|Eliza Leslie
But you are not troubled now with the clamminess of unabsorbed perspiration.Common Science|Carleton W. Washburne
More penetrating than its clamminess was the thought that Madame de Ferrier was out in it alone.Lazarre|Mary Hartwell Catherwood
A clamminess, such as others feel at the approach of death, spread over my brow and neck.Simon the Jester|William J. Locke
British Dictionary definitions for clamminess
adjective -mier or -miest
Word Origin for clammy
Word Origin and History for clamminess
"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.