stick·​up | \ ˈstik-ˌəp How to pronounce stickup (audio) \

Definition of stickup

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a robbery at gunpoint : holdup

stick up

stuck up; sticking up; sticks up

Definition of stick up (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to stand upright or on end : protrude

transitive verb

: to rob at gunpoint
stick up for
: to speak or act in defense of : support

Examples of stickup in a Sentence


He pulled out a gun and shouted, “This is a stickup!”.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Man shot in leg during apparent robbery attempt in West Philly A 43-year-old man was in stable condition after having been shot in the leg during an apparent stickup early Thursday in West Philadelphia, police said. Chris Palmer,, "Philadelphia shootings leave 5 dead, 4 wounded," 10 May 2018 The stickup happened Saturday steps from the boy's home in Monroe, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) southeast of Charlotte. Fox News, "Lemonade stand robber on the run; DNA could help track him," 6 Aug. 2018 DeMasi was released in 2013 after serving more than 21 years for another armored car stickup in 1991. Fox News, "'Whitey' Bulger testifier faces murder trial in 1991 slaying," 8 Mar. 2018 Police initially linked the 7-Eleven stickup to Collier’s killing but later backed away from that theory. Michele Mcphee, Newsweek, "Whoever Built the Boston Marathon Bombs is Still on the Loose, Able to Kill Again," 11 Jan. 2018 Both stickups were captured on surveillance video released Wednesday. Tonya Alanez,, "Three armed robbers hit gas station then Subway in same week," 4 Oct. 2017 What Beatty didn’t add was that Faye Dunaway as Bonnie Parker was executing these stickups in costumes that would shake the fashion world of the late ’60s and has, for a half century, continued to entrance us. Alice Bell, Vogue, "Channel the Sensational ’60s Style of Bonnie and Clyde, 50 Years On," 13 Aug. 2017 The long prison sentence that resulted from the hotel-room stickup brought a measure of satisfaction to some of those who thought Simpson got away with murder. Ken Ritter, The Seattle Times, "O.J. Simpson triumphant, others devastated as he gets parole," 21 July 2017 SANTA ANA – A man pleaded guilty and was sentenced Monday to five years in prison for committing two bank robberies and two attempted stickups in Santa Ana and Fountain Valley in a three-day period. City News Service, Orange County Register, "Man gets 5 years for bank robbery spree in Fountain Valley, Santa Ana," 20 Mar. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

That old metal box sticking up out of the ground in their backyard had bothered the Emanuels for years. Doug Criss, CNN, "5 things for May 18: US and China, Hawaii volcanoes, royal wedding," 18 May 2018 In 2015, an eight-minute clip of an olive ridley sea turtle with a plastic drinking straw stuck up its nostril went viral. Kara Baskin,, "More restaurants opt to #skipthestraw, hoping patrons will suck it up for the planet’s sake," 7 May 2018 To make matters worse, Russ felt like Paola was taking Juan's side and not sticking up for him. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "What '90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After?' Stars Paola and Russ Are Actually Like Off Camera," 27 Apr. 2019 Perhaps now she will be seen as standing for something else — for epitomizing the opioid crisis, for sticking up for those too poor or too weak to fight a shadowy corporation for themselves. New York Times, "Nan Goldin Survived an Overdose to Fight the Opioid Epidemic," 11 June 2018 Kim Kardashian is the Klapback Kween — the mom of three is not afraid to call out her haters and stick up for her family, especially on social media. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "Kim Kardashian's Most Savage Quotes and Clapbacks of All Time," 4 Mar. 2019 Glad to see the Riverdale girls sticking up for each other. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Lili Reinhart Defends Shannon Purser After Fans Send Threatening Messages Over Jughead Kiss Scene," 31 Oct. 2018 Toussaint stuck up for Berthold, saying the doctor was verbally abusive toward her colleague. Liz Kowalczyk,, "Black nurses sue Brigham and Women’s Hospital," 29 Apr. 2018 But like Ayesha said, many fans already knew this and stuck up for the singer. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "Zayn's "Aunt" Defends Him After Twitter Blasts Him for Asking Fans to Donate to Her Cancer Treatment," 3 May 2017

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First Known Use of stickup


1862, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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English Language Learners Definition of stickup

US, informal : a robbery that is done using a gun

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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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