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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [klam-ee]
    • /ˈklæm i/
    • /ˈklæ.mɪ.nɪs/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [klam-ee]
    • /ˈklæm i/

Definitions of clamminess word

  • adjective clamminess covered with a cold, sticky moisture; cold and damp: clammy hands. 1
  • adjective clamminess sickly; morbid: She had a clammy feeling that something was wrong at home. 1
  • noun clamminess The state of being clammy. 1

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Origin of clamminess

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
1350-1400; Middle English, equivalent to Middle English clam sticky, cold and damp + -y -y1

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Parts of speech for Clamminess


clamminess popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 85% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
According to our data about 74% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

clamminess usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for clamminess

noun clamminess

  • moisture — condensed or diffused liquid, especially water: moisture in the air.
  • heaviness — of great weight; hard to lift or carry: a heavy load.
  • thickness — the state or quality of being thick.
  • dew — small drops of moisture, such as tears
  • wet — moistened, covered, or soaked with water or some other liquid: wet hands.

Antonyms for clamminess

noun clamminess

  • dryness — free from moisture or excess moisture; not moist; not wet: a dry towel; dry air.
  • aridity — being without moisture; extremely dry; parched: arid land; an arid climate.
  • dehydration — the act or process of dehydrating.

Top questions with clamminess

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