clammy

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English clam (viscous, sticky; slimy), from Old English clǣman (to smear, bedaub). Compare German klamm (clammy) and klemmen (to be stuck, stick). See also clam.

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clammy (comparative clammier, superlative clammiest)

  1. Cold and damp, usually referring to hands or palms.
    His hands were clammy from fright.
  2. (medicine) The quality of normal skin signs, epidermis that is neither diaphoretic nor dry.

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