from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Disagreeably moist, sticky, and cold to the touch: a clammy handshake.
  • adj. Damp and unpleasant: clammy weather.
  • adj. Uneasy; apprehensive: The ghost town gave us a clammy feeling.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Cold and damp, usually referring to hands or palms.
  • adj. The quality of normal skin signs, epidermis that is neither diaphragmatic nor dry

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having the quality of being viscous or adhesive; soft and sticky; glutinous; damp and adhesive, as if covered with a cold perspiration.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Viscous; adhesive; soft and sticky; glutinous; tenacious.
  • Hence Cold and moist with a sticky feel.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. unpleasantly cool and humid


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, sticky, probably from clam (from Old English, mud, clay) or from Middle Low German klam, stickiness.


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