\ 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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Examples of clingy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Both men have been romantically linked to Scheana in the past, and there hasn’t been an episode this season that hasn’t made mention of her clingy tendencies or her refusal to move on. Ineye Komonibo,, "The Biggest Drama On This Season Of Vanderpump Rules Is Actually Between Scheana & A Petty TV Editor," 13 May 2020 Of course nothing can replace the feeling of a clingy T-shirt soaked in cheap beer. Erik Piepenburg, New York Times, "Spriiiing Breeeak, at Home," 19 Mar. 2020 The women change into clingy flight suits and participate in an obstacle course that involves wearing inflatable life vests, checking their luggage, and changing into an even sexier pilot costume. Washington Post, "The weirdest moments from Peter Weber’s ‘Bachelor’ premiere," 7 Jan. 2020 Koala bears are just so lovingly clingy, said Menomonee Falls artist Heidi Maas, who discovered this during her 2018 Australian family vacation. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A Menomonee Falls artist painted Australian animals to raise money for the ones affected by wildfires," 27 Jan. 2020 Ratajkowski greeted her guests in her own design, a clingy white Inamorata bodysuit. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "To Celebrate Her Latest Inamorata Launch, Emily Ratajkowski Invited All Her Cool Friends to Make Floral Arrangements," 9 Dec. 2019 Forty Love's brother, who's annoying and clingy and frustrating in his own way, becomes the victim of his own machinations. Katherine J Igoe, Marie Claire, "Season 2 of Netflix's 'You' Is ... Bloody," 27 Dec. 2019 The brand’s clingy dresses and animal-print jumpsuits are often made by people like Mercedes Cortes, working in ramshackle buildings that smell like bathrooms. Natalie Kitroeff, New York Times, "Fashion Nova’s Secret: Underpaid Workers in Los Angeles Factories," 16 Dec. 2019 The dads wear t-shirts, sandals and cut offs and the moms wear dresses that are not quite as clingy as the dresses worn by the women sitting at the outside tables across the street at La Shuk. Michael Shapiro, Longreads, "Book of Lamentations," 29 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of clingy

1702, in the meaning defined above

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“Clingy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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