Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Made or consisting of wood.
  • adjective Stiff and unnatural; without spirit.
  • adjective Clumsy and awkward; ungainly.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Made or consisting of wood; pertaining to, or resembling, wood.
  • adjective Clumsy; awkward; ungainly; stiff; spiritless.
  • adjective (Cambridge University, Eng.) In some American colleges, the lowest appointee of the junior year; sometimes, one especially popular in his class, without reference to scholarship. Formerly, it was a custom for classmates to present to this person a wooden spoon with formal ceremonies.
  • adjective a general name for buckets, bowls, and other articles of domestic use, made of wood.
  • adjective See under Wedding.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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From wood +‎ -en.

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