\ ˈglü How to pronounce glue (audio) \

Definition of glue

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : any of various strong adhesive substances especially : a hard protein chiefly gelatinous substance that absorbs water to form a viscous solution with strong adhesive properties and that is obtained by cooking down collagenous materials (such as hides or bones)
b : a solution of glue used for sticking things together
2 : something that binds together enough social glue … to satisfy the human desire for community— E. D. Hirsch, Jr.


glued; gluing also glueing

Definition of glue (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to cause to stick tightly with or as if with glue gluing the parts together used that war to glue together a frail story— Gloria Emerson
2 : to cause to remain continuously or to be fixed steadily usually used with to the spectators were glued to their seatsall eyes glued to the TV screen

Other Words from glue


gluey \ ˈglü-​ē How to pronounce glue (audio) \ adjective
gluily \ ˈglü-​ə-​lē How to pronounce glue (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms for glue

Synonyms: Noun

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of glue in a Sentence

Noun The hardware store offers several different glues. used glue to stick the photo in the album Verb I glued the pieces of the cup back together.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Fifth, the glue that holds it all together is Facebook’s monopoly over data. Mark Weinstein, WSJ, 1 Oct. 2021 The glue of a talented but largely inexperienced defense is linebacker Kia Payne. Glenn Graham,, 3 Sep. 2021 When the glue is dry, use Command hooks ($3, Target) to attach the bats to the outside of your home. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 26 Aug. 2021 About a week later, on February 11, Brown underwent surgery and some good news was delivered: The glue was finally out. Gabi Thorne, Allure, 22 June 2021 This yields closer friendships and creates the glue that leads to better teamwork. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 25 July 2022 But glue from a tube is only one very specific type of material that is adhesive. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 21 July 2022 But the most positive glue in my family was clothing. Charlie Thomas, Robb Report, 20 July 2022 Who would have ever thought glue would be a problem? The Courier-Journal, 18 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Hot-glue the beard to the inside of the front of the hat. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 Sep. 2021 Round up the prettiest vibrant leaves and glue or tie them to a headband. Maggie Horton, Country Living, 20 July 2022 Curators at that exhibition probably deemed the self-portrait as less complete, choosing to glue cardboard to the portrait side in order to secure the canvas before framing, per the statement. Tara Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 July 2022 And while these programs can help glue the cracks on which young people keep slipping, a national reckoning may still be necessary. Byjohn Cohen, ABC News, 7 July 2022 As does all the bonds that atoms use to glue themselves together into complex molecules. Paul Sutter, Ars Technica, 17 June 2022 Arrange different flower cluster combinations, then use a toothpick dipped in light corn syrup to glue each petal and stem to chocolate wafer cookies. Olivia Muenter, Woman's Day, 16 June 2022 During the lunch banquet, Chou, a Chinese immigrant and a security guard who lived in Las Vegas, allegedly locked the outside church doors with chains and tried to super glue the locks. Christine Pelisek,, 16 May 2022 Others spray glue onto soles which are then bonded with the rest of the shoe, or use lasers to cut sections of sneaker from colorful plastic sheets. Trefor Moss, WSJ, 6 May 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'glue.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of glue


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for glue


Middle English glu, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin glut-, glus; akin to Latin gluten glue — more at clay

Learn More About glue

Time Traveler for glue

Time Traveler

The first known use of glue was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near glue



glue cell

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for glue

Last Updated

12 Aug 2022

Cite this Entry

“Glue.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for glue


\ ˈglü How to pronounce glue (audio) \

Kids Definition of glue

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a substance used to stick things tightly together

Other Words from glue

gluey \ ˈglü-​ē \ adjective


glued; gluing

Kids Definition of glue (Entry 2 of 2)

: to stick with or as if with glue … here they were, eyes glued on my mother and taking in every word.— Barbara Robinson, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

More from Merriam-Webster on glue

Nglish: Translation of glue for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of glue for Arabic Speakers Encyclopedia article about glue


Test Your Vocabulary

Odd Habits and Quirks

  • image1926873504
  • Which of the following best describes an easily irritated person?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!