Definitions

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

Etymologies

Middle English, sticky, probably from clam (from Old English, mud, clay) or from Middle Low German klam, stickiness.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • There is a kind of locust, called the clammy-barked, found in the

    Among the Trees at Elmridge

  • And the thing that you get in the airport, because the temperature's always that kind of clammy thing, so that your nipples actually bristle against your shirt.

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  • It was nice to shower in a tub he'd cleaned himself, instead of those truck-stop showers, which always felt kind of clammy and slimy and fungusy.

    Homebody

  • The words, the thoughts, came fully formed into his mind through a kind of clammy telepathy.

    The Day of the Dissonance

  • Then, with a kind of clammy thickness, repulsion and fear came down upon me like the folds of a collapsing tent.

    The Girl In A Swing

  • "Secrets & Lies," is an expert at the kind of clammy pathos that epitomizes Gladys at her most trying.

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  • I feel bad, "Boruc has said, holding his head over the toaster to create a" clammy "feeling and adopting a sickly facial expression.

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  • "Mercy! they felt so kind of clammy they made me jump.

    In the Closed Room

  • “We gotta help Feek,” he repeated, his voice shaking, his skin clammy with sweat.

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  • My cell phone clutched in one clammy hand, I sat on my bed and stared at the clock.

    Haven

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