stick out

stuck out; sticking out; sticks out

Definition of stick out

intransitive verb

1a : to jut out : project
b : to be prominent or conspicuous
2 : to be persistent (as in a demand or an opinion)

transitive verb

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

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Synonyms for stick out


bag, balloon, beetle, belly, billow, bulge, bunch, jut, overhang, poke, pooch [chiefly dialect], pouch, pout, project, protrude, stand out, start, swell

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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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The egg was even edited to have a tongue sticking out of its mouth, referencing Miley's signature pose. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Miley Cyrus Responds to Rumors That She and Liam Hemsworth Are Expecting a Baby," 17 Jan. 2019 To dismiss a screen, just stick out your tongue—you'll navigate back to your previous position. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Kooky Netflix Hack Lets You Navigate the App Using Only Eye and Facial Movements," 8 Nov. 2018 Charlotte was seen sticking out her tongue at the crowds below and waving frantically. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince William Nudging Kate Middleton Is the Most Relatable Thing We've Seen," 12 July 2018 The politician who has seldom put her emotions on display in more than 12 years in office was photographed playing with children in Beirut in the midst of a political crisis, making faces, juggling balls or jokingly sticking out her tongue. Rick Noack, Washington Post, "A tale of two photos: Trump and Merkel’s very different stances on immigration," 25 June 2018 In episodes spanning a century or so, family dramas mingle with tales of murder in colonial Ceylon, of an Angolan butcher who names his daughter for a sea nymph, of a man who defiantly sticks out his tongue as he is burned alive. George Packer, The New Yorker, "Briefly Noted," 16 June 2018 The mermaids in Peter Pan may not be super memorable, but there is one mermaid who sticks out more than the rest, a young redhead who bares a striking resemblance to another famous Disney mermaid. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "20 Insane Disney Movie Fan Theories That Will Blow. Your. Mind.," 16 Apr. 2019 There are some cute turns from youngsters Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Julia Stiles, and Larisa Oleynik, but ask most women and the performance that sticks out is Heath Ledger’s, whose thuggish Patrick Verona made many of us weak in the knees. Vogue, "The 55 Best Romantic Comedies of All Time," 1 Feb. 2019 Is there one moment that sticks out about that day? Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "James Corden on Carpool Karaoke with Paul McCartney, new London visit for 'Late Late Show'," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of stick out

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

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The first known use of stick out was circa 1640

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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