Meaning of CLAM in English


I. ˈklam, -aa(ə)m noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English clamm bond, fetter; akin to Old High German klamma constriction, Old Norse klām obscene language, Latin glomus ball, Greek glamōn blear-eyed, Latin galla gall on a plant — more at gall

: a viselike or pincerlike device designed to hold or constrict something : clamp: as

a. : a tight ligature used in bloodless castration of domestic animals

b. : a comblike frame used for holding feathers for clothing decoration

II. transitive verb

( clammed ; clammed ; clamming ; clams )

dialect Britain : to grasp with the hand : grope , clutch

III. verb

( clammed ; clammed ; clamming ; clams )

Etymology: Middle English clammen, alteration of clemen to smear, from Old English clǣman — more at cloam

transitive verb

dialect England : to daub, smear, or clog especially with glutinous or viscous matter ; specifically : to plug up (a kiln) with wet clay

intransitive verb

dialect England : to become clammy : stick , adhere

IV. adjective

Etymology: Middle English; akin to clammen, v.

1. dialect chiefly Britain : sticky , adhesive

2. dialect chiefly Britain : damp and cold

V. noun

( -s )

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: clam (I) (clamp); from the clamping action of the shells


a. : any of a number of bivalve mollusks ; especially : any of various equivalved edible marine mollusks that live wholly or partially buried in sand or mud — see butter clam , quahog , razor clam , soft-shell clam

b. : a freshwater mussel

c. : the flesh of a clam used as food — usually used in plural

2. : a stolid or closemouthed person

3. : clamshell 2

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clam 1a: a incurrent orifice, b siphon, c excurrent orifice, d mantle, e shell, f foot


VI. verb

( clammed ; clammed ; clamming ; clams )

intransitive verb

: to gather clams especially by digging

transitive verb

: to harvest clams from

these beds are clammed mostly by summer people


variant of clem I

VIII. noun

1. : dollar

it cost me seventy-five clams , and I wore it only twice — Ethel Merman

2. : a sour note

hit a clam during the first few bars — Nat Hentoff

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.