noun \ˈstik\

Definition of STICK

:  a woody piece or part of a tree or shrub: as
a :  a usually dry or dead severed shoot, twig, or slender branch
b :  a cut or broken branch or piece of wood gathered for fuel or construction material
a :  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 game
c :  something used to force compliance
d :  a baton symbolizing an office or dignity; also :  a person entitled to bear such a baton
:  a piece of the materials composing something (as a building)
:  any of various implements resembling a stick in shape, origin, or use: as
a :  composing stick
b :  an airplane lever operating the elevators and ailerons
c :  the gearshift lever of an automobile
:  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>
a :  person, chap
b :  a dull, inert, stiff, or spiritless person
plural :  remote usually rural districts regarded especially as backward, dull, or unsophisticated :  boondocks
:  an herbaceous stalk resembling a woody stick <celery sticks>
:  1mast 1; also :  1yard 4
:  a piece of furniture
a :  a number of bombs arranged for release from a bombing plane in a series across a target
b :  a number of parachutists dropping together
slang :  a marijuana cigarette
a :  punishment or the threat of punishment used to force compliance or cooperation <choosing between the carrot and the stick>
b British :  criticism, abuse
stick·like \-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


transitive verb

Definition of STICK

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

First Known Use of STICK


Other Field and Goal Sports Terms

crease, lateral, lax, overthrow, playbook, post, screen, scrum, secondary, ultimate


stuck \ˈstək\ stick·ing

Definition of STICK

transitive verb
a :  to pierce with something pointed :  stab
b :  to kill by piercing
:  to push or thrust so as or as if to pierce
a :  to fasten by thrusting in
b :  impale
c :  push, thrust
:  to put or set in a specified place or position
:  to furnish with things fastened on by or as if by piercing
:  to attach by or as if by causing to adhere to a surface
a :  to compel to pay especially by trickery <got stuck with the bar bill>
b :  overcharge
a :  to halt the movement or action of
b :  baffle, stump
a :  cheat, defraud
b :  to saddle with something disadvantageous or disagreeable <is still stuck with that lousy car>
:  to execute (a landing) flawlessly in gymnastics
intransitive verb
:  to hold to something firmly by or as if by adhesion:
a :  to become fixed in place by means of a pointed end
b :  to become fast by or as if by miring or by gluing or plastering <stuck in the mud>
a :  to remain in a place, situation, or environment
b :  to hold fast or adhere resolutely :  cling <she stuck to her story>
c :  to remain effective
d :  to keep close in a chase or competition
:  to become blocked, wedged, or jammed
a :  balk, scruple
b :  to find oneself baffled
c :  to be unable to proceed
stick in one's craw
:  to irritate, nag at, or obsess one
stick it to
:  to treat harshly or unfairly
stick one's neck out
:  to make oneself vulnerable by taking a risk
stick to one's guns
:  to maintain one's position especially in face of opposition
stuck on
:  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>.



Definition of STICK

:  a thrust with a pointed instrument :  stab
a :  delay, stop
b :  impediment
:  adhesive quality or substance

First Known Use of STICK



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