stick shift


: a manually operated gearshift for a motor vehicle usually mounted on the floor

Example Sentences

Do you know how to drive a stick shift?
Recent Examples on the Web At the beginning of the 1980s, the percentage of cars rolling off American production lines with a stick shift was just 35 percent, according to The New York Times. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 18 Nov. 2022 Only at higher speeds does the stick shift stretch its legs, tripping the quarter-mile lights in 13.9 seconds to the GT's 14.1, though both are traveling 101 mph. Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, 1 Nov. 2022 In one episode, the duo get into a car to drive around their old hometown of Little Rock, and Hillary mistakes a microphone for a stick shift. Clarissa Cruz,, 23 Aug. 2022 The stick shift has become a proxy object for that loss. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, 8 Aug. 2022 The tiny clown car had been stripped of all interiors, keeping only the necessary stick shift and a backless seat for the driver, who was actually one of the trapeze artists. Lane Sainty, The Arizona Republic, 6 Aug. 2022 But without the extra engagement that the stick shift brings, the Integra's relative lack of refinement becomes more obvious. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, 26 May 2022 And while the automatic transmission was by this point an increasingly popular option on the Z, this car has a five-speed stick shift poking up between the seats. Joe Lorio, Car and Driver, 25 Apr. 2022 Driving for the first time in twenty years—stick shift! Zach Helfand, The New Yorker, 9 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1959, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of stick shift was in 1959

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Cite this Entry

“Stick shift.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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