stick shift


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

Examples of stick shift in a Sentence

Do you know how to drive a stick shift?
Recent Examples on the Web After finishing in the back of the pack every leg this season, their confidence appears high now while driving stick shift. Christopher Kuhagen, Journal Sentinel, 10 Apr. 2024 In the American market, the list of automakers that have abandoned stick shift for good is a lot longer than those that haven’t and includes Mercedes, Audi, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bentley, Rolls-Royce, Lexus, Jaguar, Maserati, and Aston Martin, to name several. Kyle Hyatt, Robb Report, 1 Mar. 2024 The news, which has been confirmed by the automaker, means it’s basically done building muscle cars with stick shifts once and for all. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 7 Mar. 2024 Three members of the automaker’s M line of performance models come with stick shifts—the M2 (over half of which are spec’d with a stick shift), M3, and M4. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 14 Feb. 2024 These traditional cars distilled driving to the basics, with a stick shift, rear-wheel drive and just enough power to have fun. Tim Pitt, Robb Report, 9 Dec. 2022 Sales of stick shifts rose last year in the U.S. following decades of decline, thanks to enthusiasts and, unexpectedly, Gen Z drivers. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 16 Aug. 2023 Despite this, Toyota decided to introduce a stick shift as an option for the 2023 Supra—a move that now looks like a stroke of genius. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 16 Aug. 2023 The mechanical engineer learned to drive a stick shift in a Mustang GT at age 16, growing up in Livonia. Detroit Free Press, 15 Apr. 2023

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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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“Stick shift.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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