\ 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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Synonyms & Antonyms for clingy


adherent, adhesive, gluey, glutinous, gummy, sticky, tacky, tenacious, viscid



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Parker’s numerous dressing gowns are spot on, and the clingy gowns worn by Divito and Chapman are comely. Joanne Engelhardt, The Mercury News, "Theater review: Coward’s ‘Present Laughter’ opens at Pear Theatre," 12 June 2019 The reality star and beauty mogul loves a clingy silhouette, whether that be trendy spandex bike shorts, or a slinky Jean Paul Gaultier set (vintage, of course). Vogue, "Kim Kardashian West Is Ditching Her Bodycon Look For Something Cooler," 2 May 2019 The crinkly and stretchy black piece was clingy and curve-skimming. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Bella Hadid Kicks Off Fashion Week in a ’90s Tube Dress," 6 Sep. 2018 Static Can't with clingy strands? Dab a hydrating serum (try: Sally Hershberger Hyper Hydration Spray Serum) onto palms and comb hands through hair for total smoothness. Kristin Koch, Seventeen, "5 Easy Fixes For Your Biggest Winter Hair Problems," 8 Jan. 2016 One of the biggest draws of the night was Kim Kardashian West, who came — in a midriff-baring, clingy white ensemble by Rick Owens — to collect the inaugural Influencer award. Washington Post, "Designer Raf Simons wins yet again at fashion’s CFDA awards," 5 June 2018 Waffle Fries The lattice pattern makes them both crisp and clingy, with just the right balance of potato and crunch for breakfast. Julia Moskin, New York Times, "The Best Summer Fries, Ranked," 22 May 2018 Cover the trap with a plastic bag or clingy plastic wrap, then coat it with a sticky substance, such as Tangle-Trap. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "The 7 Best Organic Pest Control Techniques For Your Garden," 18 Dec. 2017 The new arrival, in a clingy black dress and flat Gucci sandals, slid into the banquette. Rachel Deloache Williams, The Hive, "“As an Added Bonus, She Paid for Everything”: My Bright-Lights Misadventure with a Magician of Manhattan," 13 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of clingy

1702, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of clingy was in 1702

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