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 itstuck it out to the end

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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
Recent Examples on the Web If your ground tarp is sticking out from under the tent, water can collect underneath you. Philip Kiefer, Outside Online, "How to Re-Waterproof Your Tent," 16 Dec. 2019 In this great article on The Cut about the cult of Peloton, two usernames stuck out: @ridefordonuts, @rideforchardonnay. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, "Real Talk: No Workout Is Going to Undo Your Thanksgiving Dinner," 26 Nov. 2019 But, were my neighbor to die tonight, what human warmth, what pity, what live and tender beauty would these two old, shabby boots, with their eyelet flaps sticking out like little ears, left standing at the door, radiate over me. Vladimir Nabokov, The New Yorker, "Man and Things," 8 Nov. 2019 The Golden Knights were awarded their own penalty shot in the second period when Hawks goalie Corey Crawford was ruled to have knocked the stick out of Jonathan Marchessault’s hands. Jimmy Greenfield,, "The Blackhawks never had defeated the Golden Knights, but Kirby Dach’s 1st career 2-point game leads the way in a 5-3 victory," 14 Nov. 2019 Out with the classic bulky blue armor with various tubes sticking out of it; in with a new, comfortable-looking outfit that gives Apocalypse the air of a sage mystic. Christian Holub,, "Excalibur writer teases new roles for Apocalypse, Captain Britain in Dawn of X," 25 Oct. 2019 Water lilies float on the surface of the water and stumps of a former forest stick out of the depths like stubble. Peter Marteka,, "An autumn visit to an old woods road and the scenic marshes of Hampton," 27 Sep. 2019 Family members spoke of their last memories of Noah, and remembered him as a loving little boy who gave hugs freely with his tongue sticking out of his grinning mouth. Brooke Baitinger,, "Noah Sneed, 2, who died in hot van, remembered at his funeral as a funny, mischievous boy," 10 Aug. 2019 Still, Woody understands the importance of a toy in a child’s life, stowing away in her backpack for kindergarten orientation and helping her out by pulling a spork, pipe cleaners and popsicle sticks out of the garbage for a craft project. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Review: Pixar's 'Toy Story 4' is one fun and rollicking existential crisis after another," 13 June 2019

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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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12 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Stick out.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 2020.

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