Definition of wooden in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈwʊd(ə)n/


1Made of wood: a wooden toy she closed the heavy wooden door
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  • Around one corner was a thick wooden door with a barred window that begged inspection.
  • Voices and footsteps were heard from outside the thick wooden doors that led to the dining room.
  • Darleys is the restaurant in the rather grand old wooden house next door to Lilianfels hotel.
made of wood, wood, timber, woody;
rare treen
2Like or characteristic of wood: a kind of dull wooden sound
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  • My fork clattered as soon as it hit the wooden, glossed floor, the sound echoing throughout the room.
  • Josephine nodded in my direction and I heard the sound of a chair scraping against the wooden floor.
  • A wooden house faced onto the courtyard and the sounds of a Corbett street floated over the house.
2.1Stiff and awkward in movement or manner: she is one of the most wooden actresses of all time
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  • She is portraying an animated character, which means she can be as wooden as you like and it doesn't matter.
stilted, stiff, unnatural, clumsy, awkward, graceless, inelegant, ungainly, leaden;
dry, flat, stodgy, lifeless, lacking vitality, passionless, unimpassioned, spiritless, soulless



Pronunciation: /ˈwʊd(ə)nli/
sense 2.
Example sentences
  • I am quite mesmerised - when not having to take snap-shots for the Professor and his wife, who repeatedly rush out with their old-fashioned, toy-like camera and pose woodenly before fleeing back into the warmth.
  • He refuses to cite legislative history, woodenly following the ‘text’ rather than deferring to clear statements of what Congressional leaders intended to do.
  • Apart from the fairy tale Arslanian uses to frame the beginning and end of the play - a woodenly metaphoric device I could have done without - this is for the most part slick, tragic entertainment.


Pronunciation: /ˈwʊd(ə)nnəs/
sense 2.
Example sentences
  • But it is when you realise that this has done nothing to increase the acting average that the woodenness of the performances becomes truly evident.
  • Against the varnished woodenness of Moore, though, that's something.
  • A number of explanations for this have been offered, including Ford's woodenness as a speaker and, possibly, less than sterling writing.

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