sticky

adjective \ ˈsti-kē \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of sticky

stickier; stickiest
1 a :adhesive
b (1) :viscous, gluey
(2) :coated with a sticky substance
2 :humid, muggy; also :clammy
3 :tending to stick
4 a :disagreeable, unpleasant
  • came to a sticky end
c :difficult, problematic
  • a sticky situation
5 :excessively sentimental :cloying

stickily

play \ˈsti-kə-lē\ adverb

stickiness

play \ˈsti-kē-nəs\ noun

Examples of sticky in a Sentence

  1. The sap is very sticky.

  2. There is a sticky substance on the table.

  3. The paint was still sticky.

  4. The weather was hot and sticky.

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First Known Use of sticky

1688

sticky Synonyms

Synonyms
adherent, adhesive, clingy, gluey, glutinous, gummy, tacky, tenacious, viscid
Antonyms
nonadhesive
Related Words
gelatinous, gooey, ropy (also ropey), syrupy, viscous; pitchy, tarry
Near Antonyms
nonviscous


STICKY Defined for English Language Learners

sticky

adjective

Definition of sticky for English Language Learners

  • : having a substance (such as glue or honey) on it that things easily attach to : covered in a substance that things stick to

  • of a substance : tending to have things attach to it : tending to have things stick to it

  • : unpleasantly warm and humid


STICKY Defined for Kids

sticky

adjective \ ˈsti-kē \

Definition of sticky for Students

stickier; stickiest
1 :tending to cling like glue :adhesive
  • sticky syrup
2 :coated with a substance that sticks to things
  • My fingers are sticky.
3 :muggy, humid
  • a sticky day
4 :tending to become blocked or jammed
  • sticky windows

stickiness

noun


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