Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state of being wooden.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Quality of being wooden; clumsiness; stupidity; blockishness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Wooden character or quality; stiffness; lack of spirit or expression; clumsiness; stupidity.

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

  • n. the quality of being wooden and awkward

Etymologies

wooden +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The apathy and "woodenness" of children under average modes of pedagogy is apparent to anyone who is interested enough to observe.

    How to Tell Stories to Children, And Some Stories to Tell

  • What reader of novels has not felt the "woodenness" of this mode of telling?

    Autobiography of Anthony Trollope

  • Mr. Gryzlov, 61 years old, long embodied the woodenness and sense of entitlement of Russia's ruling party under Mr. Putin, and once famously remarked that Parliament was "no place for discussion."

    Putin Ally Resigns Russian Parliament Post

  • Even Seurat, whose famous "Sunday on the Grande Jatte" has never ceased to disappoint me because of its woodenness, is forgiven, in my eyes - for the exhibition has, instead, a number his studies, or études, for that fabled composition.

    Nigel Hamilton: Post-Impressions

  • Even Seurat, whose famous "Sunday on the Grande Jatte" has never ceased to disappoint me because of its woodenness, is forgiven, in my eyes - for the exhibition has, instead, a number his studies, or études, for that fabled composition.

    Nigel Hamilton: Post-Impressions

  • I spent more of my time wincing at the woodenness of the prose than following the story, and without "story" a novel like Little Children has nothing.

    Film and Literature

  • Also, do not mock my woodenness in the graduation photo--relaxed scholarly owl stance was not taught in advance!

    Catchy Tune

  • The woodenness of the cast in each of these films is a Roth trademark and makes Steven Segal look positively animated.

    Archive 2008-12-01

  • It's a pleasure, therefore, to be able to recommend a very good QPR US Chardonnay that's made with a bit of restraint, is still creamy, but does not have that fakey, toothpicky woodenness to it that I just loathe.

    Chardonnay: Toothpicks Not Included

  • Despite the woodenness and insipidity of most of the main characters, the film does give a good if exaggerated portrait of Parisian life amongst the bourgeoisie pre-World War Two.

    CRITERION: THE RULES OF THE GAME | Obsessed With Film

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