Clammy meaning

klămē
Damp and unpleasant.

Clammy weather.

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Uneasy; apprehensive.

The ghost town gave us a clammy feeling.

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Unpleasantly moist, cold, and sticky.
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Cold and damp, usually referring to hands or palms.

His hands were clammy from fright.

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(medicine) The quality of normal skin signs, epidermis that is neither diaphragmatic nor dry.
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Disagreeably moist, sticky, and cold to the touch.

A clammy handshake.

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Origin of clammy

  • Middle English sticky probably from clam (from Old English mud, clay) or from Middle Low German klam stickiness

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition