woodenly


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Related to woodenly: dutifully, craftily

wood·en

 (wo͝od′n)
adj.
1. Made or consisting of wood.
2. Stiff and unnatural; without spirit: a wooden performance; a wooden smile.
3. Clumsy and awkward; ungainly.

wood′en·ly adv.
wood′en·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.woodenly - without gracewoodenly - without grace; rigidly; "they moved woodenly"
Translations

woodenly

[ˈwʊdnlɪ] ADV [say, react] → de manera poco expresiva; [act] → de forma acartonada

woodenly

adv (fig) smile, act, bowgekünstelt, steif; standwie ein Klotz; look, staremit unbeweglicher Miene
References in classic literature ?
The youth, with his chin still on his breast, stood woodenly by while his companion beat ways and means out of sullen things.
Fyne's hand extended to me woodenly and bowed over it with deference.
His eyes were still, his stare exalted and sullen; his face was set, was hard, was woodenly exulting over the grim inspiration that secretly possessed him, seethed within him, lifted him up into a stealthy frenzy of belief.
Mr Verloc obeyed woodenly, stony-eyed, and like an automaton whose face had been painted red.
2016) ("In exercising equitable discretion over motions for temporary relief, courts cannot woodenly employ a one size fits all mindset.").
Here, David is woodenly trying to ignore and avoid Bella even though the pair appear to be occupying a space designed more for one slim bum-cheek at the Dior show.
Garrick was not one to stand stiffly and woodenly declaim like many of his thespian predecessors.
Spicer opened his second White House presser with a mea culpa, sort of, joking woodenly about his first appearance.
Sydney, having lost what had restored him to love and life, retreats once more, and probably deeper than ever, into a protective shell of unfeeling; after woodenly rejecting Clare's attempt to comfort and help him somehow, he shuts his door on her, and that is the last we see of him.
But poetry is a machine which drives it, pruned to a perfect economy." From Curlers to Chainsaws isn't academic per se, but many essays carry a load of scholarship, often with agility, sometimes more woodenly. I was grateful for the lyric pieces in the collection, their "perfect economy" balancing the academic default.
(2) For Holmes, the common law was not an objectively ordered, "brooding omnipresence in the sky" (3)--not a body of rules existing "out there" like Plato's Forms for judges to discover, declare, and woodenly follow to resolve disputes.
Instead, although they have "escaped" war and are no longer in a war hospital, Frederic is only able to woodenly follow the doctors' and nurses' directives.