clammy

[ klam-ee ]
/ ˈklæm i /

adjective, clam·mi·er, clam·mi·est.

covered with a cold, sticky moisture; cold and damp: clammy hands.
sickly; morbid: She had a clammy feeling that something was wrong at home.

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Origin of clammy

1350–1400; Middle English, equivalent to Middle English clam sticky, cold and damp + -y-y1

OTHER WORDS FROM clammy

clam·mi·ly, adverbclam·mi·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for clammy

clammy
/ (ˈklæmɪ) /

adjective -mier or -miest

unpleasantly sticky; moistclammy hands
(of the weather, atmosphere, etc) close; humid

Derived forms of clammy

clammily, adverbclamminess, noun

Word Origin for clammy

C14: from Old English clǣman to smear; related to Old Norse kleima, Old High German kleimen
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