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stick

noun \ ˈstik \

Definition of stick

1 :a woody piece or part of a tree or shrub: such as
a :a usually dry or dead severed shoot, twig, or slender branch
b :a cut or broken branch or piece of wood gathered for fuel or construction material
2 a :a long slender piece of wood or metal: such as
(1) :a club or staff used as a weapon
b :an implement used for striking or propelling an object in a game
c :something used to force compliance
d :a baton symbolizing an office or dignity; also :a person entitled to bear such a baton
3 :a piece of the materials composing something (such as a building)
4 :any of various implements resembling a stick in shape, origin, or use: such as
b :an airplane lever operating the elevators and ailerons
c :the gearshift lever of an automobile
5 :something prepared (as by cutting, molding, or rolling) in a relatively long and slender often cylindrical form
  • a stick of candy
  • a stick of butter
6 a :person, chap
b :a dull, inert, stiff, or spiritless person
7 sticks plural :remote usually rural districts regarded especially as backward, dull, or unsophisticated :boondocks
8 :an herbaceous stalk resembling a woody stick
  • celery sticks
9 :1mast 1; also :1yard 4
10 :a piece of furniture
11 a :a number of bombs arranged for release from a bombing plane in a series across a target
b :a number of parachutists dropping together
12 slang :a marijuana cigarette
13 a :punishment or the threat of punishment used to force compliance or cooperation
  • choosing between the carrot and the stick
b British :criticism, abuse

sticklike

play \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Illustration of stick

Origin and Etymology of stick

Middle English stik, from Old English sticca; akin to Old Norse stik stick, Old English stician to stick


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stick

verb

Definition of stick

transitive verb
:to hit or propel (something, such as a hockey puck) with a stick

First Known Use of stick

1937

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stick

verb

Definition of stick

stuck play \ˈstək\; sticking
transitive verb
1 a :to pierce with something pointed :stab
b :to kill by piercing
2 :to push or thrust so as or as if to pierce
3 a :to fasten by thrusting in
b :impale
c :push, thrust
4 :to put or set in a specified place or position
5 :to furnish with things fastened on by or as if by piercing
6 :to attach by or as if by causing to adhere to a surface
7 a :to compel to pay especially by trickery
  • got stuck with the bar bill
8 a :to halt the movement or action of
9 a :cheat, defraud
b :to saddle with something disadvantageous or disagreeable
  • is still stuck with that lousy car
10 :to execute (a landing) flawlessly in gymnastics
intransitive verb
1 :to hold to something firmly by or as if by adhesion:
a :to become fixed in place by means of a pointed end
b :to become fast by or as if by miring or by gluing or plastering
  • stuck in the mud
2 a :to remain in a place, situation, or environment
b :to hold fast or adhere resolutely :cling
  • she stuck to her story
c :to remain effective
d :to keep close in a chase or competition
3 :to become blocked, wedged, or jammed
4 a :balk, scruple
b :to find oneself baffled
c :to be unable to proceed
stick in one's craw
:to irritate, nag at, or obsess one
stick it to
:to treat harshly or unfairly
stick one's neck out
:to make oneself vulnerable by taking a risk
stick to one's guns
:to maintain one's position especially in face of opposition
stuck on
:infatuated with

Origin and Etymology of stick

Middle English stikken, from Old English stician; akin to Old High German sticken to prick, Latin instigare to urge on, goad, Greek stizein to tattoo

Synonym Discussion of stick

stick, adhere, cohere, cling, cleave mean to become closely attached. stick implies attachment by affixing or by being glued together.
    • couldn't get the label to stick
adhere is often interchangeable with stick but sometimes implies a growing together.
    • antibodies adhering to a virus
cohere suggests a sticking together of parts so that they form a unified mass.
    • eggs will make the mixture cohere
cling implies attachment by hanging on with arms or tendrils.
    • clinging to a capsized boat
cleave stresses strength of attachment.
    • the wet shirt cleaved to his back

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stick

noun

Definition of stick

1 :a thrust with a pointed instrument :stab
2 a :delay, stop
3 :adhesive quality or substance

First Known Use of stick

1637


STICK Defined for Kids

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stick

noun \ ˈstik \

Definition of stick for Students

1 :a cut or broken branch or twig
2 :a long thin piece of wood
4 :something like a stick in shape or use
  • fish sticks
  • a hockey stick

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stick

verb

Definition of stick for Students

stuck \ˈstək\; sticking
1 :to push into or through
  • I stuck a needle in my finger.
2 :to stab or pierce with something pointed
  • Ow! The thorn stuck me.
3 :to put in place by or as if by pushing
  • She stuck candles in the cake.
4 :to push out, up, into, or under
  • I stuck out my hand.
5 :to put in a specified place or position
  • I stuck a cap on my head.
6 :to remain in a place, situation, or environment
  • We decided to stick where we were.
7 :to halt the movement or action of
  • The car was stuck in traffic.
8 :baffle
  • I got stuck on the first problem.
9 :to burden with something unpleasant
  • She was stuck with paying the bill.
10 :to fix or become fixed in place by or as if by gluing
  • Stick a stamp on the letter.
11 :to cling or cause to cling
  • My wet clothes stuck to me.
12 :to become blocked or jammed
  • The door is stuck.


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