• WordNet 3.6
    • n clamminess unpleasant wetness
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Clamminess State of being clammy or viscous.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n clamminess The state of being clammy. Viscous quality or feel; viscosity; stickiness; tenacity of a soft substance.
    • n clamminess The state of being cold and moist to the touch.
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  • Edgar Watson Howe
    “It may be a cold, clammy thing to say, but those that treat friendship the same as any other selfishness seem to get the most out of it.”


In literature:

You are clammy as stone.
"Old Kaskaskia" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
Then I slowly rose up and put out one cold clammy hand and touched his.
"Sunny Slopes" by Ethel Hueston
In the darkness of night he stood by his wife's bed and, feeling for her, touched her forehead with his clammy hand.
"Hawaiian Folk Tales" by Various
Phlegacium = clammy moisture.
"Among the Mushrooms" by Ellen M. Dallas and Caroline A. Burgin
We firmly determined not to degenerate into that clammy American institution, the boarding-house feeder and the restaurant diner.
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume I. (of X.)" by Various
In terror he awoke, And o'er his bones and limbs a clammy sweat outbroke.
"The Aeneid of Virgil" by Virgil
My limbs are solid and strong, whereas before I was weak, and my flesh cold, soft, and clammy.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
The hand was clammy and cold as ice.
"The President" by Alfred Henry Lewis
Monsters crept out of the sea and grinned with dull eyes and clammy lips.
"The Lady of Fort St. John" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
He stooped down and put his hand on the young lad's forehead; it was cold and clammy.
"The Empire Annual for Girls, 1911" by Various

In poetry:

Faith's wing within the clammy sea
Of legal merit cannot fly;
But mounting mercy's air apace,
Soars in the element of grace.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. II." by Ralph Erskine
They marched him off i' famous glee,
All stickified an' clammy,
Then licked him clean an' sent him hooam
To get lick'd by his mammy.
"Th' Traitle Sop" by John Hartley
The murderous glitter and tramp,
And the lives that are mown like grain,
The cheers of the victors' camp,
And the clammy sleep of the slain.
"A Te Deum" by Alfred Austin
We have dried their clammy clothes by the fire,
Solaced them, cheered them, tended them well,
Watched the wheels raising them from the mire,
Watched the wheels lowering them to Hell.
"'Miners Wives'" by Joseph Corrie
And when she had come to the very last stitch,
Her feelings, so long suppress’d, rose to a pitch,
The cold clammy sweat from her features outbroke;
Death struck her, and meekly she bow’d to the stroke.
"May Asda (From The Danish Of Oehlenslaeger)" by George Borrow
And I shriek and lie clammy and stark,
As the curse of a devil mounts higher,
Up--out of damnation and dark,
Up--a hobble of hoofs that is dire;
I feel that his mouth is a spark,
His features, of filth and of fire.
"The Dream Of Dread" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

Slippery then damp and clammy.
Cool and clammy into the night, but a nice Thursday follows.
Is it Clammy in Here.
Clammy with excitement Hands fly across the face of the controller Across the face of the board.
(WJAR) - "One summer, the summer of 2000 I came down with this very strange sudden flu, a lot of vertigo with it, chills, clammy, sweat, stiff neck, bad headache, very disoriented".
Clammy foliage topped by bright orange daisies.
If you feel faint, dizzy, disoriented, or your skin is clammy and abnormally hot or cold, slow down or stop running .
THE interrogation commences with a clammy handshake in a high-rise hallway outside Money magazine's offices.
WE'VE BEEN DIVING SHIFTS through the night for a week, donning clammy wet suits long after bedtime in order to hover above coral heads and peer into the pools of light from handheld strobes.