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    Help me find the word

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by Stammis, Nov 17, 2020.

    How would you describe the feeling when you put on a shirt after a swim in the ocean with one word? For some reason I wanna say starchy...
     
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    Where cushions are comfy, and straps hold firm.
    Dry, warm, and clingy.

    Starchy sounds more stiff and rigid, like a uniform collar.
     
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    You feel enrobed
     
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    It's not one word, bu maybe these can help:

    The shirt clung damply to her skin.
    The shirt molded to her body.
     
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    Clammy.
     
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    "Starchy" is the last word I would use. Starchy implies stiff and hence dry, like Cave Troll said.

    I'd have to see the sentence, but I'd be inclined to go the easy route and just say "wet."
     
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    I would describe it as "damp or "soggy"
     
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    I think it depends on the frame of mind of your character after the swim. Soothing or like a balm could work, similarly irritating, itchy or, indeed, starchy depending on context. Maybe let the word you choose tell more about the emotional state of the protagonist rather than any description of the fabric.
     
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    That is true, but why would it be "starchy"?
     
  10. B.E. Nugent

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    Stiff and uncomfortable? Contrasting with the freedom of the ocean? Needing a new launderer? Not a description that would have come to my mind but might make sense within context.
     
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    I agree
     
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    I repeat.

    Clammy
    adjective
    1. unpleasantly damp and sticky or slimy to touch.
      "his skin felt cold and clammy"
     
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    Clammy works too
     

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