- adj. 湿粘的；湿冷的（形容词比较级clammier，形容词最高级clammiest，名词clamminess，副词clammily）
- clammy:  Etymologically, clammy means ‘sticky as if smeared with clay’. It comes from the now obsolete verb clam ‘smear, stick’. This goes back to Old English clǣman, a word of ancient ancestry: its prehistoric Germanic source was *klaimjan, a verb derived from *klaimaz ‘clay’; this was formed from the base *klai-, which is also the ultimate source of English clay and can be traced back to the Indo-European base *gloi-, *glei-, *gli-, from which English gets glue and gluten.
=> clay, glue
- clammy (adj.)
- "soft and sticky," late 14c., probably from Middle English clam "viscous, sticky, muddy" (mid-14c.), from Old English clæm "mud, sticky clay," from Proto-Germanic *klaimaz "clay" (cognates: Flemish klammig, Low German klamig "sticky, damp," Old English clæman "to smear, plaster;" cognates: clay). With -y (2). Related: Clammily; clamminess.
- 1. Think of the clammy hands you get when you visit the dentist!
- 2. My shirt was clammy with sweat.
- 3. Daybreak found us on a cold, clammy ship.
- 4. His skin felt cold and clammy.
- 5. My shirt stuck to the clammy sweat on my back.
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