verb \ˈkliŋ\

: to hold onto something or someone very tightly

: to stay very close to someone for emotional support, protection, etc.

: to stick to something or someone

clung \ˈkləŋ\ cling·ing

Full Definition of CLING

intransitive verb
a :  to hold together
b :  to adhere as if glued firmly
c :  to hold or hold on tightly or tenaciously
a :  to have a strong emotional attachment or dependence <he clung to his friends for support>
b :  to remain or linger as if resisting complete dissipation or dispersal <the odor clung to the room for hours>
cling·er \ˈkliŋ-ər\ noun
clingy \ˈkliŋ-ē\ adjective

Examples of CLING

  1. The children clung together under the little umbrella waiting for the storm to pass.
  2. <a dozen magnets clinging to the refrigerator>

Origin of CLING

Middle English, from Old English clingan; akin to Old High German klunga tangled ball of thread
First Known Use: before 12th century

Related to CLING

adhere, cleave, stick, hew
See Synonym Discussion at stick



Definition of CLING

:  an act or instance of clinging :  adherence

Examples of CLING

  1. <for certain types of materials that plastic wrap has very little cling>

First Known Use of CLING

circa 1625


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