\ ˈsti-kē How to pronounce sticky (audio) \
stickier; stickiest

Definition of sticky

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

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Other Words from sticky

stickily \ ˈsti-​kə-​lē How to pronounce sticky (audio) \ adverb
stickiness \ ˈsti-​kē-​nəs How to pronounce sticky (audio) \ noun

Examples of sticky in a Sentence

The sap is very sticky. There is a sticky substance on the table. The paint was still sticky. The weather was hot and sticky.
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Recent Examples on the Web During the 2019 unrest in Hong Kong, pro-Beijing groups at several Australian universities tore down Lennon Walls of colorful sticky notes erected in solidarity with the democracy protesters. Los Angeles Times, "An Australian student denounced his university’s ties to China. Then he became a target," 21 Dec. 2020 These old-school metal line markers clip onto the outside edge of a page to mark reference-worthy lines and passages without covering precious books in sticky notes or ink. Michael Desjardin, USA TODAY, "35 perfect gift ideas for book lovers in 2020," 14 Dec. 2020 In one case, officials in Oneida County used sticky notes to identify disputed ballots, rather than mark the ballots in ink as required by state law. Thomas Barrabi, Fox News, "NY judge orders vote recanvass in Brindisi-Tenney House race to correct elections board errors," 9 Dec. 2020 The campaign pointed to Oneida County, where local election officials used sticky notes to identify disputed ballots. Michael Lee, Washington Examiner, "Officials find 12 uncounted ballots in a drawer in race where GOP challenger leads by a dozen votes," 8 Dec. 2020 Consultants are widely known for their love of whiteboards—or iterations thereof, including large paper pads, sticky notes, and so forth—to record ideas from client brainstorms. Jackie Bischof, Quartz, "Can consultants consult without whiteboards?," 11 Oct. 2020 Nonetheless, the culture of the software business often has valued physical workplaces, known for stand-up meetings, pairs of people working side-by-side, and walls covered with sticky notes to keep small teams on track. Elaine Chen, WSJ, "Tech Companies Adapt Collaborative Culture to Remote Work," 27 Aug. 2020 Saison Provisions is also offering holiday meal boxes of apple cider doughnuts, sourdough sticky buns with pumpkin seeds and hot chocolate mixes with marshmallows, available as prepaid pickup and delivery orders for $48. Justin Phillips,, "Michelin-starred Saison launches pantry sales with luxury products like nearly $1,900 rare whisky flight," 23 Dec. 2020 Your charming communication skills could potentially get you out of sticky situations today. Tarot Astrologers,, "Daily horoscope for December 23, 2020," 23 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of sticky

1688, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of sticky was in 1688

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12 Jan 2021

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“Sticky.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce sticky (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of sticky

: 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
informal : unpleasantly warm and humid


\ ˈsti-kē How to pronounce sticky (audio) \
stickier; stickiest

Kids Definition of sticky

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

Other Words from sticky

stickiness noun

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