What does wooden mean?

Definitions for wooden
ˈwʊd nwood·en

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. woodenadjective

    made or consisting of (entirely or in part) or employing wood

    "a wooden box"; "an ancient cart with wooden wheels"

  2. woodenadjective

    lacking ease or grace

    "the actor's performance was wooden"; "a wooden smile"


  1. woodenadjective

    Made of wood: "a wooden boat".

  2. woodenadjective

    As if made of wood (figuratively):

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Woodenadjective

    Etymology: from wood.

    Like a strutting player, whose conceit
    Lies in his hamstring, he doth think it rich
    To hear the wooden dialogue and sound
    ’Twixt his stretch’d footing and the scaffoldage. William Shakespeare.

    They used to vault or leap up; and therefore they had wooden horses in their houses and abroad. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.

    Press’d with the burden, Cæneus pants for breath;
    And on his shoulders bears the wooden death. Dryden.

    The haberdasher stole off his hat that hung upon a wooden peg. Joseph Addison, Spectator.

    I’ll win this lady Margaret: for whom?
    Why, for my king: tush, that’s a wooden thing. William Shakespeare.

    When a bold man is out of countenance, he makes a very wooden figure on it. Jeremy Collier, of Confidence.


  1. wooden

    Wooden refers to anything made, consisting of, or pertaining to wood, a hard, fibrous structural tissue found in the stems and roots of trees and other woody plants. It is commonly used in the construction of objects, buildings, or furniture. It can also metaphorically describe something or someone as lacking warmth, vitality, or flexibility.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Woodenadjective

    made or consisting of wood; pertaining to, or resembling, wood; as, a wooden box; a wooden leg; a wooden wedding

  2. Woodenadjective

    clumsy; awkward; ungainly; stiff; spiritless

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Wooden is ranked #4702 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Wooden surname appeared 7,547 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 3 would have the surname Wooden.

    51.7% or 3,903 total occurrences were White.
    41.9% or 3,165 total occurrences were Black.
    2.9% or 224 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2.1% or 164 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.7% or 57 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.4% or 34 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'wooden' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2874

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'wooden' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3134

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'wooden' in Adjectives Frequency: #385

Anagrams for wooden »

  1. Ewondo

  2. enwood

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of wooden in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of wooden in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of wooden in a Sentence

  1. Agath Gorski:

    The wooden All Saints Monastery of the Svyatogorsk Lavra in Donetsk region is on fire due to Russian shelling! the Lavra dates back to the 1500s. Second time Russia shells it. This is yet another act of Russian barbarism. For them, nothing is sacred.

  2. Josef Stalin:

    Sincere diplomacy is no more possible than dry water or wooden iron.

  3. James Delgado:

    A largely wooden ship, largely now consumed by marine organisms, it's not going to show up, it's only when you fly closer or when you have eyes on the bottom that you find these wrecks.

  4. Lady Ashcombe:

    My kids like to play medieval battles with wooden swords and bow and arrows, the yew hedges provide a mazelike environment and are great for hide-and-seek games. Visiting the castle is English history made fun ... kings, queens, ghosts, animals and lots of great areas to play.

  5. Michael Doherty:

    More than 40 tourists and crew members plunged into the waters of Ha Long Bay on Friday to escape the growing inferno on the docked wooden Aphrodite Cruise ship, the New Zealand Herald reported. The crew did their best but they were all very young and obviously overwhelmed by the circumstances, the passengers were guided to the sun deck of the ship and thereafter given no direction or support. It definitely felt as if it was just chaos.

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