glu·​ti·​nous ˈglü-tə-nəs How to pronounce glutinous (audio)
: having the quality of glue : gummy
glutinously adverb

Examples of glutinous in a Sentence

a bad horror movie from the 1950s about a glutinous blob that devoured Manhattan
Recent Examples on the Web When anywhere from 10 percent to 30 percent wheat flour is added, the result is a little more tender and chewy, but not as glutinous and stretchy as noodles made from 100 percent wheat flour. Yotam Ottolenghi, New York Times, 13 Sep. 2023 Hart House’s shakes are also free of oats, which, while gluten-free themselves, can come into contact with wheat and other glutinous grains during the farming, sorting, storage and transportation processes. Stephanie Breijo, Los Angeles Times, 19 Aug. 2023 And don’t be thrown by the word glutinous. Antara Sinha, Bon Appétit, 13 Dec. 2021 Emulsifying agents in the condiment, such as the pectin rhamnogalacturonan, originate from the mucilage of mustard seeds, a thick, glutinous layer that surrounds the seed hull. Alice Chi Phung, Discover Magazine, 10 Mar. 2015 However, fake meat is no longer just glutinous balls or tofu hidden beneath sauces. Catherine Hu, Discover Magazine, 12 May 2015 There is no wrong answer, only good, glutinous solutions. Sunset Magazine, 15 Nov. 2022 Interestingly, while rye flour is less glutinous, and thus less structure-protecting, Sycamore Kitchen’s recipe did not produce a thin cookie. Los Angeles Times, 20 Oct. 2022 Because of the high starch content, risotto famously needs to be stirred, to prevent it from congealing into a thick, glutinous mass. Christopher Michel, Country Living, 5 July 2022 See More

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Word History


Middle English, from Latin glutinosus, from glutin-, gluten

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of glutinous was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Glutinous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition


glu·​ti·​nous ˈglüt-nəs How to pronounce glutinous (audio)
: resembling glue : sticky
glutinous rice
glutinously adverb

Medical Definition


glu·​ti·​nous ˈglüt-nəs, -ᵊn-əs How to pronounce glutinous (audio)
: having the quality of glue especially in physical properties

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