clingy

adjective
\ ˈkliŋ-ē \
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

Synonyms

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

Antonyms

nonadhesive

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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 When your gut is bigger than your guns, clingy knitwear isn't the most flattering thing in the world. Megan Gustashaw, GQ, "The Rock Knows How to Dress If You Never Skip Bicep Day," 4 Apr. 2018 The film reveals that the death of Shandling’s older brother from cystic fibrosis when Shandling was 10 became a pivotal event, reverberating in his relationship with his suddenly clingy mother, his future love affairs, and his quest for honesty. BostonGlobe.com, "Judd Apatow memorializes Garry Shandling with documentary," 21 Mar. 2018 While expecting son Reign, now 3, Kourtney left little to the imagination in a clingy lace jumpsuit. Jen Juneau, PEOPLE.com, "Maternity Must-Haves Every Mom-to-Be Needs in Her Closet — According to the Kardashians," 23 Feb. 2018 Some exhibitors wore clingy ski pants; another wore a Royal Canadian Mounted Police uniform complete with scarlet tunic. Dan Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "U.S. sales of outdoor equipment slump as consumer habits shift," 27 Jan. 2018

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