\ ˈkliŋ-ē How to pronounce clingy (audio) \
clingier; clingiest

Definition of clingy

: 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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Recent Examples on the Web Selene can attach a few of the small clingy critters to herself, boosting some effects while draining others. Washington Post, "‘Returnal’: It really stressed me out, man," 30 Apr. 2021 Giving your dog positive reinforcement like affection and treats may be another reason for their clingy behavior. Grace Haynes, Southern Living, "Why Does Your Dog Follow You Everywhere?," 19 Mar. 2021 This is handy for maintaining the sweet freshness of precious ingredients, like first of the season peas or asparagus, as well as removing the clingy skins from tomatoes, peaches, pearl onions, and even almonds and hazelnuts. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, "What's the Difference Between Steaming, Boiling, Blanching, and Poaching?," 16 Mar. 2021 For another, Ernst was married, more established, selfish, clingy, and demanding. Merve Emre, The New Yorker, "How Leonora Carrington Feminized Surrealism," 21 Dec. 2020 And indeed, the Supima cotton here translates into a luxurious softness and smoothness without feeling overly fuzzy or clingy. Elizabeth Wallace, CNN Underscored, "The best flannel sheets to keep you warm this winter," 3 Dec. 2020 The clingy silhouette has been given a sophisticated makeover that imbues it with a certain effortless glamour. Alexis Bennett, Vogue, "The Casual Bodycon Dress Is Unexpectedly Having a Moment This Fall," 22 Oct. 2020 But a few clingy survivors hung on, and appeared to slow down their metabolism, like microscopic bears hibernating for the winter. Donald G. Mcneil Jr., Star Tribune, "A malaria mystery, partly solved: What happens when the rains end?," 14 Nov. 2020 Artificial adhesives took a page from super-clingy gecko feet. Marion Renault, Star Tribune, "Can't crush this: Beetle armor gives clues to tougher planes," 21 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of clingy

1702, in the meaning defined above

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13 May 2021

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“Clingy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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