consisting or made of wood; wood: a wooden ship.
stiff, ungainly, or awkward: a wooden gait.
without spirit, animation, or awareness.
dull or stupid.
indicating the fifth event of a series, as a wedding anniversary.

Origin of wooden

First recorded in 1530–40; wood1 + -en2
Related formswood·en·ly, adverbwood·en·ness, noun

Synonyms for wooden

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Examples from the Web for wooden

Contemporary Examples of wooden

Historical Examples of wooden

  • Over the seat is a mirror cut into small squares by wooden muntins.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • The bucklers were huge shields, and the weapons were wooden swords.

    The Armourer's Prentices

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • But standing on the wooden doorstep of the little house was Le Moyne.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • This cottage is smaller than its neighbor, and its wooden door is quite black from age.

    Rico and Wiseli

    Johanna Spyri

  • Lauzanne was loping leisurely with the action of a wooden rocking-horse.


    W. A. Fraser

British Dictionary definitions for wooden



made from or consisting of wood
awkward or clumsy
bereft of spirit or animationa wooden expression
obstinately unyieldinga wooden attitude
mentally slow or dull
not highly resonanta wooden thud


(tr) Australian slang to fell or kill (a person or animal)
Derived Formswoodenly, adverbwoodenness, noun
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Word Origin and History for wooden

1530s, from wood (n.) + -en (2). Figurative use by 1560s. Related: Woodenly; woodenness.

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