clingy

adjective \ ˈkliŋ-ē \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of clingy

clingier; clingiest
:having the quality of clinging to someone or something: such as
a :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
b :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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clingy Synonyms

Synonyms
adherent, adhesive, sticky, gluey, glutinous, gummy, tacky, tenacious, viscid
Antonyms
nonadhesive
Related Words
gelatinous, gooey, ropy (also ropey), syrupy, viscous; pitchy, tarry
Near Antonyms
nonviscous

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