[ klam-ee ]
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adjective,clam·mi·er, clam·mi·est.
  1. covered with a cold, sticky moisture; cold and damp: clammy hands.

  2. sickly; morbid: She had a clammy feeling that something was wrong at home.

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, adverb
  • clam·mi·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for clammy


/ (ˈklæmɪ) /

adjective-mier or -miest
  1. unpleasantly sticky; moist: clammy hands

  2. (of the weather, atmosphere, etc) close; humid

Origin of clammy

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

Derived forms of clammy

  • clammily, adverb
  • clamminess, noun

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