clingier; clingiest
: having the quality of clinging to someone or something: such as
: tending to adhere to a surface upon contact
a clingy plastic wrap
clingy fabrics dress/clothes
In her clingiest [=tightest-fitting] dress she swings into town and soon has the men howling. Peter Travers
: tending to stay very close to someone (such as a parent) for emotional support, protection, etc.
a clingy child
Some kids act out or become whiny to get a parent's attention; others become clingy or fearful. Leah Hennen

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The clingy dress featured a blush shade, while the bust was a subtle magenta. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 29 June 2022 Brackett says that Lennon was the clingy one, not Ono. Louis Menand, The New Yorker, 13 June 2022 Her 4-year-old daughter had grown increasingly clingy recently, often wanting to be held and comforted. Caitlin Gibson, Washington Post, 21 July 2022 Walking seaside during an outing with boyfriend Marc Kalman, the Kin Euphorics partner cut an elegant figure in a clingy, strapless black bodysuit. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 12 July 2022 Even bulk-food and produce aisles are lined with rolls of thin, clingy plastic bags. Kristine De Leon, oregonlive, 12 June 2022 Gordo soon becomes clingy, with frequent unexpected drop-ins, and floods the couple with a series of unsettling gifts. Gwen Ihnat,, 13 June 2022 The look is from the spring 1998 collection: A rayon-viscose clingy black tank top (also in white) that comes with two flossy leather straps affixed with a modernist silver G buckle. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 10 June 2022 Last week, she was seen strolling around rainy New York City in a patterned hot-pink-and-orange top, a clingy low-rise pink skirt, and purple-and-black sneakers. Rosa Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 7 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1702, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of clingy was in 1702

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Cite this Entry

“Clingy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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Last Updated: 5 Aug 2022

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