Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Wooden character or quality; stiffness; lack of spirit or expression; clumsiness; stupidity.
- n. The state of being wooden.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Quality of being wooden; clumsiness; stupidity; blockishness.
- n. the quality of being wooden and awkward
- wooden + -ness (Wiktionary)
“The apathy and "woodenness" of children under average modes of pedagogy is apparent to anyone who is interested enough to observe.”
“What reader of novels has not felt the "woodenness" of this mode of telling?”
“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.”
“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.”
“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 Ã©tudes, for that fabled composition.”
“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.”
“Also, do not mock my woodenness in the graduation photo--relaxed scholarly owl stance was not taught in advance!”
“The woodenness of the cast in each of these films is a Roth trademark and makes Steven Segal look positively animated.”
“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.”
“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.”
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