stick shift


Definition of 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 The haptic experience of using an induction cooktop was, honestly, eerie at first, like driving an automatic car after years with a stick shift. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, 22 June 2021 The car comes with a PDK double clutch automatic transmission standard, but a mechanical gearbox is available as an option (except in California where the GT3 with a stick shift is considered too loud for the roads). Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 16 June 2021 Buck Woodruff taught his son Harrison how to drive a stick shift in this Jeep. A.j. Baime, WSJ, 5 June 2021 This rare longroof Bimmer features a high-revving 3.8-liter inline-six and a stick shift. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, 16 Apr. 2021 Jonathan Baker shows off his 1995 Jeep Wrangler (YJ) Jonathan Baker, 40, learned how to drive a stick shift in his 1995 Jeep Wrangler (YJ). Mike Jordan, WSJ, 1 May 2021 Inside the car’s purposeful cockpit is a manual stick shift, topped with a traditional black cue ball on a chrome shaft, diligently clunked through a heavy slotted five-speed gate with Reverse located at the top left. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 5 Apr. 2021 The recent college grad bought an orange Chevrolet Aveo in January, learned to drive stick shift and took in a parakeet named Breezy. Keith Bierygolick, The Enquirer, 29 Mar. 2021 The iRacing platform — a high-tech racing simulation game where users compete against one another in real-time, virtual races using a steering wheel, stick shift and foot pedals to control their cars — had long been relevant in the world of NASCAR. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 24 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of stick shift

1959, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of stick shift was in 1959

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“Stick shift.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of stick shift

: a device in a car that you move into different positions in order to change the car's gears
: a car that has a stick shift : manual


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