stick·up | \ˈstik-ˌəp \

Definition of stickup 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a robbery at gunpoint : holdup

stick 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

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

Firefighters used wedges of wood to spread the rollers enough to free the man, whose hand was stuck up to his wrist. Wayne K. Roustan,, "Man gets hand stuck in industrial printing press, until firefighters arrive to help," 7 July 2018 And my camisole is inside-out, and my label is sticking up. Hilary Hughes, Billboard, "Patti Smith on 'Because The Night' at 40: How Her Bruce Springsteen Collaboration Is 'A Whole Life in A Song'," 21 June 2018 Skelton was shocked her mother had critiqued a man, a pastor no less, and stuck up for her. Sarah Stankorb, Marie Claire, "The Daughters' Great Escape," 15 June 2018 Which brand was fusing streetwear and fashion when executives still stuck up their noses at the idea? Cam Wolf, GQ, ""He Was the Ultimate Creative Director": The Oral History of Sean John, Diddy's Game-Changing Clothing Label," 20 Mar. 2018 Prominent Washington journalists, meanwhile, took pains to defend Ms. Sanders — earning their own opprobrium from some liberals who asked why reporters were sticking up for an administration that routinely impugns their work. New York Times, "Michelle Wolf Sets Off a Furor at White House Correspondents’ Dinner," 29 Apr. 2018 When another Haitian- American nurse stuck up for Berthold, that woman said the hospital retaliated against her. Liz Kowalczyk,, "Black nurses sue Brigham and Women’s Hospital," 29 Apr. 2018 Kerr, the Golden State coach, crossed league lines to stick up for the Eagles (and the W.N.B.A. champion Minnesota Lynx, who were not invited to the White House, either). John Branch, New York Times, "Why the N.F.L. and the N.B.A. Are So Far Apart on Social Justice Stances," 22 June 2018 The rapper appears halfway through the skit to stick up for her friend. Mitchell Peters, Billboard, "'SNL': Nicki Minaj Performs 'Chun-Li' and 'Poke it Out,' Appears in Unaired Sketch," 20 May 2018

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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

: a robbery that is done using a gun

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