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 woodenly

Historical Examples of woodenly

  • Gordon hesitated, and then swung off woodenly to take up his new beat.

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  • He climbed in woodenly, leaving his helmet on as he saw the broken window.

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  • She was trembling with eagerness, but the station agent stood on my other side, and he was woodenly stolid.

  • But he has an exalted notion of the value of things, and, moreover, he is woodenly conservative.

  • They remained wilfully, not to say woodenly, the young bridal pair of that romance, without the promise of novel functioning.

British Dictionary definitions for woodenly



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 woodenly



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

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