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stick

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noun \ˈstik\

Definition of stick

  1. 1 :  a woody piece or part of a tree or shrub: asa :  a usually dry or dead severed shoot, twig, or slender branchb :  a cut or broken branch or piece of wood gathered for fuel or construction material

  2. 2a :  a long slender piece of wood or metal: as (1) :  a club or staff used as a weapon (2) :  walking stick b :  an implement used for striking or propelling an object in a gamec :  something used to force complianced :  a baton symbolizing an office or dignity; also :  a person entitled to bear such a baton

  3. 3 :  a piece of the materials composing something (as a building)

  4. 4 :  any of various implements resembling a stick in shape, origin, or use: asa :  composing stickb :  an airplane lever operating the elevators and aileronsc :  the gearshift lever of an automobile

  5. 5 :  something prepared (as by cutting, molding, or rolling) in a relatively long and slender often cylindrical form <a stick of candy> <a stick of butter>

  6. 6a :  person, chapb :  a dull, inert, stiff, or spiritless person

  7. 7 plural :  remote usually rural districts regarded especially as backward, dull, or unsophisticated :  boondocks

  8. 8 :  an herbaceous stalk resembling a woody stick <celery sticks>

  9. 9 :  1mast 1; also :  1yard 4

  10. 10 :  a piece of furniture

  11. 11a :  a number of bombs arranged for release from a bombing plane in a series across a targetb :  a number of parachutists dropping together

  12. 12 slang :  a marijuana cigarette

  13. 13a :  punishment or the threat of punishment used to force compliance or cooperation <choosing between the carrot and the stick>b British :  criticism, abuse

sticklike play \-ˌlīk\ adjective


Illustration of stick

Origin of stick

Middle English stik, from Old English sticca; akin to Old Norse stik stick, Old English stician to stick


First Known Use: before 12th century


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stick

transitive verb

Definition of stick

  1. :  to hit or propel (as a hockey puck) with a stick



1937

First Known Use of stick

1937

Other Field and Goal Sports Terms


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stick

verb,

Definition of stick

stuck play \ˈstək\ sticking

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to pierce with something pointed :  stabb :  to kill by piercing

  3. 2 :  to push or thrust so as or as if to pierce

  4. 3a :  to fasten by thrusting inb :  impalec :  push, thrust

  5. 4 :  to put or set in a specified place or position

  6. 5 :  to furnish with things fastened on by or as if by piercing

  7. 6 :  to attach by or as if by causing to adhere to a surface

  8. 7a :  to compel to pay especially by trickery <got stuck with the bar bill>b :  overcharge

  9. 8a :  to halt the movement or action ofb :  baffle, stump

  10. 9a :  cheat, defraudb :  to saddle with something disadvantageous or disagreeable <is still stuck with that lousy car>

  11. 10 :  to execute (a landing) flawlessly in gymnastics

  12. intransitive verb
  13. 1 :  to hold to something firmly by or as if by adhesion:a :  to become fixed in place by means of a pointed endb :  to become fast by or as if by miring or by gluing or plastering <stuck in the mud>

  14. 2a :  to remain in a place, situation, or environmentb :  to hold fast or adhere resolutely :  cling <she stuck to her story>c :  to remain effectived :  to keep close in a chase or competition

  15. 3 :  to become blocked, wedged, or jammed

  16. 4a :  balk, scrupleb :  to find oneself baffledc :  to be unable to proceed

  17. 5 :  project, protrude

stick in one's craw
  1. :  to irritate, nag at, or obsess one

stick it to
  1. :  to treat harshly or unfairly

stick one's neck out
  1. :  to make oneself vulnerable by taking a risk

stick to one's guns
  1. :  to maintain one's position especially in face of opposition

stuck on
  1. :  infatuated with



Origin of stick

Middle English stikken, from Old English stician; akin to Old High German sticken to prick, Latin instigare to urge on, goad, Greek stizein to tattoo


First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of stick

stick, adhere, cohere, cling, cleave mean to become closely attached. stick implies attachment by affixing or by being glued together <couldn't get the label to stick>. adhere is often interchangeable with stick but sometimes implies a growing together <antibodies adhering to a virus>. cohere suggests a sticking together of parts so that they form a unified mass <eggs will make the mixture cohere>. cling implies attachment by hanging on with arms or tendrils <clinging to a capsized boat>. cleave stresses strength of attachment <the wet shirt cleaved to his back>.

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stick

noun

Definition of stick

  1. 1 :  a thrust with a pointed instrument :  stab

  2. 2a :  delay, stopb :  impediment

  3. 3 :  adhesive quality or substance



1633

First Known Use of stick

1633



STICK Defined for Kids

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stick

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noun \ˈstik\

Definition of stick for Students

  1. 1 :  a cut or broken branch or twig

  2. 2 :  a long thin piece of wood

  3. 3 :  walking stick 1

  4. 4 :  something like a stick in shape or use <fish sticks> <a hockey stick>




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stick

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verb

Definition of stick for Students

stuck \ˈstək\sticking

  1. 1 :  to push into or through <I stuck a needle in my finger.>

  2. 2 :  to stab or pierce with something pointed <Ow! The thorn stuck me.>

  3. 3 :  to put in place by or as if by pushing <She stuck candles in the cake.>

  4. 4 :  to push out, up, into, or under <I stuck out my hand.>

  5. 5 :  to put in a specified place or position <I stuck a cap on my head.>

  6. 6 :  to remain in a place, situation, or environment <We decided to stick where we were.>

  7. 7 :  to halt the movement or action of <The car was stuck in traffic.>

  8. 8 :  baffle <I got stuck on the first problem.>

  9. 9 :  to burden with something unpleasant <She was stuck with paying the bill.>

  10. 10 :  to fix or become fixed in place by or as if by gluing <Stick a stamp on the letter.>

  11. 11 :  to cling or cause to cling <My wet clothes stuck to me.>

  12. 12 :  to become blocked or jammed <The door is stuck.>





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