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Definition of "wooden" []

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

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "wooden" in a sentence
  • "Time has also dealt leniently with the picture, for it is as clear and bright as the day it was painted, and is carefully preserved in its original frame, into which a sliding wooden panel is made to fit and cover it: the outside being emblazoned with the _armes parlantes_ of the family of Holzschuher -- a _wooden shoe_, raised from the ground in the manner of the Venetian _chopine_."
  • "In Full Moon, Mam is desperate to be an actress but gives an entirely new meaning to the word "wooden" - and the fact my late mother wanted desperately to act, and enjoyed amateur dramatics until she got too old to remember her lines, bless her, is equally beside the point."
  • "I don't have a peel yet that's what you call the wooden thing, but I just rolled out the dough on a well-floured thin plastic mat that you use for rolling out pie dough, etc.."