- 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 clamminess
But you are not troubled now with the clamminess of unabsorbed perspiration.Common Science
Carleton W. Washburne
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
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
Though the root-meaning seems rather that of clamminess or adhesiveness, as found in Sansc.The River-Names of Europe
- unpleasantly sticky; moistclammy hands
- (of the weather, atmosphere, etc) close; humid
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.