Definition of clammy in English:

clammy

adjective

  • 1Unpleasantly damp and sticky or slimy to touch.

    ‘his skin felt cold and clammy’
    • ‘My forehead was all sweaty, my hands clammy, and my body was almost shaking.’
    • ‘Her skin felt clammy and damp, just as her hands had felt back at the school earlier that afternoon.’
    • ‘I felt myself begin to sweat and tried to control it, unwilling to force Andrew to hold a sweaty, clammy hand.’
    • ‘Sheets from the bed clung to her clammy skin and her forehead was matted in sweat.’
    • ‘Secondly, my face would frequently drain itself of colour and coat itself with a clammy sweat.’
    • ‘My palms started to feel clammy as beads of sweat collected on my forehead.’
    • ‘The skin is pale, cool, clammy and moist with profuse sweating, and the pulse rate is weak.’
    • ‘You may suddenly break out into a sweat with cold, clammy skin.’
    • ‘Acute stress is characterised by increased heart and respiration rates, rising blood pressure, sweaty palms, and clammy skin.’
    • ‘I looked up trying to hear the message, I felt a cold, clammy hand touch my cheek.’
    • ‘Beads of sweat dotted his forehead and his skin felt clammy.’
    • ‘My skin was cold and clammy with sweat, my hands shaking slightly, and blood pounded through my head, leaving it warm and blurry.’
    • ‘She flailed her arms trying to grab hold of something, but her hands were wet and clammy and slid off of everything she touched.’
    • ‘Patients often feel cool, yet clammy or sticky to touch, and sometimes have dilated hand veins.’
    • ‘He felt sweaty and clammy, and his feet were screaming because he still hadn't found a chance to switch his boots.’
    • ‘Her skin became clammy and cold to the touch, and the room began to shift and sway beneath and around her.’
    • ‘My hands and armpits were damp and clammy with sweat.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He broke out in a cold sweat, feeling the trickles of perspiration run down his clammy face.’
    • ‘Her skin was cold and clammy to the touch also as Rebecca held her tiny frail limp hand.’
    moist, damp, sweaty, perspiring, sweating, sticky
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    1. 1.1 (of air or atmosphere) damp and unpleasant.
      ‘the clammy atmosphere of the cave’
      • ‘Soon the lingering sent of burning coal permeated the clammy air.’
      • ‘In the cold clammy caves of the Claddagh, the mould of the sea happily coexisted with the mould of the river.’
      • ‘There was a spider on my bed last night, and the atmosphere in London was very clammy.’
      • ‘The air was getting chillier now; damp and clammy, as though a storm were brewing.’
      • ‘The threatening, clammy Scottish summer turned the skies grey last week.’
      • ‘Sweltering heat and clammy weather can at times really put you off.’
      • ‘The basement was dark and clammy, filled with dreadful silence and the heavy stench of pain and doom.’
      • ‘Water dripped from a leak in the ceiling, and the air was clammy.’
      • ‘Wind-whipped sheets of rain and blasts of cold clammy air penetrated every layer of clothing.’
      • ‘Yes, it stunk of smoke and sick in there, and the air was cold and clammy, but I could ignore these minor flaws.’
      • ‘It's more of a moist, clammy heat that feels almost solid.’
      • ‘An inexplicable, mind-numbing weariness settled over me, dank and clammy as pond-mist.’
      • ‘It was a dank, clammy night, made gloomy by the intermittent drizzle that had become steadier as the light of day faded with the sunset.’
      • ‘The air was pale and clammy, chilling them so that they all got out their thick cloaks, and huddled in them.’
      • ‘The air became thick and clammy; it was as if you were breathing through a straw.’
      • ‘The sky bore only a few thin clouds, and the air was warming after the clammy chill of the rain.’
      • ‘The broken-down, slimy, clammy and cold basement was my refuge from them.’
      • ‘The clammy, damp air stuck to her skin.’
      • ‘She had fortunately chosen one of her heavier outfits as the night fog was still thick and clammy in the chilly, still morning air.’
      • ‘Though the sea was indeed rough, there was little rain, and the air lacked the clammy humidity of a thunderstorm.’
      damp, dank, wet, moisture-laden
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

clammy

/ˈklami/