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

  • adj. Made or consisting of wood.
  • adj. Stiff and unnatural; without spirit: a wooden performance; a wooden smile.
  • adj. Clumsy and awkward; ungainly.

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  • adj. Made of wood: "a wooden boat".
  • adj. As if made of wood (figuratively):

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Made or consisting of wood; pertaining to, or resembling, wood.
  • adj. Clumsy; awkward; ungainly; stiff; spiritless.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Made of wood; consisting of wood.
  • Stiff; ungainly; clumsy; awkward; spirit less; expressionless: as, a wooden stare.
  • Dull; stupid, as if with no more sensation than wood.
  • Of the woods; sylvan.
  • An instrument of military punishment consisting of a beam or timber, sometimes set with sharp points, upon which the culprit was compelled to sit astride, having in some instances weights tied to his feet.
  • See spoon.
  • =Syn.1. See leaden.

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

  • adj. lacking ease or grace
  • adj. made or consisting of (entirely or in part) or employing wood


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From wood +‎ -en.



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  • April 2, 2007