1. made or consisting of (entirely or in part) or employing wood
; - Example: "a wooden box"- Example: "an ancient cart with wooden wheels"
2. lacking ease or grace
; - Example: "the actor's performance was wooden"- Example: "a wooden smile"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Wooden \Wood"en\, a.
1. Made or consisting of wood; pertaining to, or resembling,
wood; as, a wooden box; a wooden leg; a wooden wedding.
2. Clumsy; awkward; ungainly; stiff; spiritless.
When a bold man is out of countenance, he makes a
very wooden figure on it. --Collier.
His singing was, I confess, a little wooden. --G.
(a) (Cambridge University, Eng.) The last junior optime
who takes a university degree, -- denoting one who is
only fit to stay at home and stir porridge. "We submit
that a wooden spoon of our day would not be justified
in calling Galileo and Napier blockheads because they
never heard of the differential calculus." --Macaulay.
(b) 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.
Wooden ware, a general name for buckets, bowls, and other
articles of domestic use, made of wood.
Wooden wedding. See under Wedding.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: made or consisting of (entirely or in part) or employing
wood; "a wooden box"; "an ancient cart with wooden
2: lacking ease or grace; "the actor's performance was wooden";
"a wooden smile"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
97 Moby Thesaurus words for "wooden":
arid, awkward, barren, blah, blank, bloodless, blunt, blunt-witted,
buckram, bumbling, cardboard, characterless, clumsy, cold,
colorless, dead, deadpan, dim, dim-witted, dismal, dopey, draggy,
drearisome, dreary, dry, dryasdust, dull, dull of mind,
dull-headed, dull-pated, dull-witted, dusty, effete, elephantine,
empty, etiolated, expressionless, fade, fat-witted, fishy, flat,
gauche, glassy, gross-headed, halting, ham-handed, heavy,
heavy-handed, hebetudinous, ho-hum, hollow, impassive, inane,
inept, inexcitable, inexpressive, insipid, jejune, leaden,
lifeless, low-spirited, maladroit, muscle-bound, obtuse, pale,
pallid, pedestrian, plodding, pointless, poker-faced, poky,
ponderous, slow, slow-witted, sluggish, solemn, spiritless,
sterile, stiff, stilted, stodgy, stuffy, superficial, tasteless,
tedious, thick-brained, thick-headed, thick-pated, thick-witted,
thickskulled, unexpressive, unhandy, unhappy, unlively, vacant,