Definition of clammy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈklami/

adjective (clammier, clammiest)

1Unpleasantly damp and sticky or slimy to touch: his skin felt cold and clammy
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  • Patients often feel cool, yet clammy or sticky to touch, and sometimes have dilated hand veins.
  • I looked up trying to hear the message, I felt a cold, clammy hand touch my cheek.
  • Her skin was cold and clammy to the touch also as Rebecca held her tiny frail limp hand.
moist, damp, sweaty, perspiring, sweating, sticky;
slimy, slippery, slick
1.1(Of air or atmosphere) damp and unpleasant: the clammy atmosphere of the cave
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  • Wind-whipped sheets of rain and blasts of cold clammy air penetrated every layer of clothing.
  • Water dripped from a leak in the ceiling, and the air was clammy.
  • Soon the lingering sent of burning coal permeated the clammy air.



Example sentences
  • If you wake up feeling too hot or clammily cold, and your clothing and bedding are soaked or damp and clammy, you have night sweats.
  • Angel's hair became plastered to her head while her clothes stuck to her clammily.
  • Sweat poured off his body and the single sheet that covered him was damp and clammily cold around his neck.


Pronunciation: /ˈklamɪnəs/
Example sentences
  • Some symptoms of hypoglycemia are light-headedness, fainting, diaphoresis, clamminess, palpitations or rapid heart rate.
  • He had been referred to the hospital by GP Stephen Kirkham after being taken ill and suffering symptoms which included vomiting, diarrhoea and clamminess.
  • Her heart thumped and a cold clamminess filtered into every pore of her skin.


Late Middle English: from dialect clam 'to be sticky or adhere', of Germanic origin; related to clay.

Words that rhyme with clammy

chamois, gammy, Grammy, hammy, jammy, mammae, mammee, Miami, ramie, rammy, Sammy, shammy, whammy

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