stick out


stuck out; sticking out; sticks out

intransitive verb

: to jut out : project
: to be prominent or conspicuous
: to be persistent (as in a demand or an opinion)

transitive verb

: endure, last entry 1
often used with it
stuck it out to the end

Examples of stick out in a Sentence

no feet sticking out in the aisles, please managed to stick out the whole race despite her bad knee
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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1640, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of stick out was circa 1640

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Cite this Entry

“Stick out.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

stick out

: to extend out : project
: to be noticeable
you will certainly stick out with that red hat and coat
: to put up with : endure
stuck it out to the bitter end

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