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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
  MacDonald. 
 
  {Wooden  spoon}. 
  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}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  wooden 
  adj  1:  made  or  consisting  of  (entirely  or  in  part)  or  employing 
  wood;  "a  wooden  box";  "an  ancient  cart  with  wooden 
  wheels";  "wood  houses";  "a  wood  fire"  [syn:  {wood(a)}] 
  2:  lacking  ease  or  grace;  "the  actor's  performance  was  wooden;" 
  "a  wooden  smile" 




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