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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.
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Noun1.woodenness - the quality of being wooden and awkward; "he criticized the woodenness of the acting"; "there was a certain woodenness in his replies"
gracelessness, clumsiness, awkwardness, stiffness - the inelegance of someone stiff and unrelaxed (as by embarrassment)
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References in classic literature ?
She looked at him with a sort of queenly woodenness, as if he were behind a camera with a velvet bag over his head and had just told her to moisten the lips with the tip of the tongue.
Casaubon, might have remained longer unfelt by Dorothea if she had been encouraged to pour forth her girlish and womanly feeling--if he would have held her hands between his and listened with the delight of tenderness and understanding to all the little histories which made up her experience, and would have given her the same sort of intimacy in return, so that the past life of each could be included in their mutual knowledge and affection--or if she could have fed her affection with those childlike caresses which are the bent of every sweet woman, who has begun by showering kisses on the hard pate of her bald doll, creating a happy soul within that woodenness from the wealth of her own love.
Who knows what beautiful and winged life, whose egg has been buried for ages under many concentric layers of woodenness in the dead dry life of society, deposited at first in the alburnum of the green and living tree, which has been gradually converted into the semblance of its well-seasoned tomb -- heard perchance gnawing out now for years by the astonished family of man, as they sat round the festive board -- may unexpectedly come forth from amidst society's most trivial and handselled furniture, to enjoy its perfect summer life at last!
His woodenness was, however, confined to stage rehearsals.
Despite being demonised by rightwing newspapers, Mr Corbyn did surprisingly well at the 2017 General Election, coming across as an authentic figure in contrast to Mrs May's robotic woodenness.
It's the Johnny Marr show, after all, and that's what we've bought in to - but their woodenness draws some of the energy from the performance.
Things are beginning to fall in this house: today, the roof, tomorrow the big, old doors, the wood around us falling prey to interminable rain, or intense heat, their woodenness challenged, making them brittle fodder for termites.
(18) I raised this problem of standards of proof for interpretation in the very first article that I ever wrote, see Gary Lawson, In Praise of Woodenness, 11 GEO.
(36.) Compare REDISH, supra note 35, Gary Lawson, In Praise of Woodenness, 11 GEO.
So, without at least some of this material on the table, the "neglected dialogue" that Kahn wants us to hear sounds--I am suggesting--too narrowly 'two sided.' Indeed, part of the woodenness of contemporary debates about 'political theology'--which Kahn rightly wants to criticize--is also attributable, at least in part, to an insufficient reckoning with the various 'secularization theses' that have circulated over the past several centuries.
Kidman is in teeth-gnashingly terrible form here with endless close-ups only serving to highlight her woodenness.
The film tries to use his woodenness as an actor, even making reference to it -- "Try it again, a little less wooden," says his lawyer while he's being prepped -- but he's in almost every scene, and it starts to get tedious; Gone Girl cries out for the quicksilver charisma Jesse Eisenberg brought to Mark Zuckerberg in Fincher's The Social Network.