What does wooden mean?

Definitions for wooden
ˈwʊd nwood·en

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word wooden.

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. Mike Krzyzewski:

    Whenever you mention Coach Only Wooden, Only Wooden's separate from everybody.

  2. Carl Sandburg:

    History is a living horse laughing at a wooden horse. History is a wind blowing where it listeth. History is no sure thing to bet on. History is a box of tricks with a lost key. History is a labyrinth of doors with sliding panels, a book of ciphers with the code in a cave of the Saragossa sea. History says, if it pleases, Excuse me, I beg your pardon, it will never happen again if I can help it.

  3. Jim Entrican:

    They actually asked us if we can use wooden sticks, and can you see 12 men in full regalia and another 12 charging with wooden sticks saying ‘ Bang bang ! ’ ? It just does n’t have the same effect.

  4. Don Shomette:

    Within a year we had a million men building ships, cutting the timber, mining the iron for them, building the machinery for them. At one point we became the greatest shipbuilding nation in the history of the world, we had to create from nothing a shipping industry that was going to build a thousand wooden ships in 18 months -- normally it would take a year and a half to build a wooden steam ship.

  5. Josef Stalin:

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

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