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sticky

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of sticky

  1. 1 tending to adhere to objects upon contact <both sides of the tape are sticky, making it a little tricky to work with> Synonyms adherent, adhesive, clingy, gluey, glutinous, gummy, tacky, tenacious, viscid Related Words gelatinous, gooey, ropy (also ropey), syrupy, viscous; pitchy, tarry Near Antonyms nonviscous Antonyms nonadhesive

  2. 2 containing or characterized by an uncomfortable amount of moisture <a warm sticky day when all we wanted to do was sit somewhere with air-conditioning> Synonyms damp, muggy, humid, sultryRelated Words steamy, summerlike, summery, sweltering, torrid; semitropical (also semitropic), subhumid, subtropical (also subtropic), tropic, tropical; close, heavy, oppressive, smothering, stifling, stuffy, suffocating; clammy, dank, moist; awash, bathed, doused (also dowsed), drenched, dripping, saturated, soaked, soaking, sodden, soggy, sopping, soppy, soused, washed, watered, waterlogged, watery, wetNear Antonyms bracing, cool, crisp, fresh, invigorating, refreshing; arid, baked, burned (or burnt), dehydrated, desert, droughty, dusty, parched, scorched, seared, semiarid, sere (also sear), sunbaked, thirsty, waterlessAntonyms dry

  3. 3 requiring exceptional skill or caution in performance or handling <an especially sticky conversation about money matters> Synonyms catchy, delicate, difficult, dodgy [chiefly British], hairy, knotty, nasty, prickly, problematic (also problematical), sensitive, spiny, tricky, thorny, ticklish, touchy, tough, tricksyRelated Words abstract, abstruse, complex, complicated, hard, intricate, involved, recondite, serious; problem, scabrous, stubborn, troublesome, troublous, vexatious, vexing, worrisome; burdensome, demanding, discommoding, exacting, exhausting, importunate, inconvenient, onerous, oppressive, painful, stressfulNear Antonyms easy, effortless, manageable, painless, simple, straightforward, uncomplicated, undemanding, unproblematic

  4. 4 appealing to the emotions in an obvious and tiresome way <sticky love scenes that will bore unreconstructed cynics to death> Synonyms chocolate-box, cloying, drippy, fruity, gooey, lovey-dovey, maudlin, mawkish, mushy, novelettish, saccharine, sappy, schmaltzy, sentimental, sloppy, slushy, soppy, soupy, spoony (or spooney), corny, sugarcoated, sugary, wetRelated Words dreamy, misty-eyed, moonstruck, moony, nostalgic, starry-eyed; feel-good, fuzzy; melodramatic, soap-operatic, soapy, sudsy; flat, insipid, soft-boiled, tasteless, vapid, watery; cutesy, twee [chiefly British]Near Antonyms unadulterated, unvarnished; antisentimental, cynical, hard-boiled, hard-edged, hardheadedAntonyms unsentimental





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