\ 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 stickily (audio) \ adverb
stickiness \ ˈsti-​kē-​nəs How to pronounce stickiness (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 Clearly, the sticky Michelins have something to do with that. Daniel Pund, Car and Driver, "Mustang Shelby GT500 vs. Camaro ZL1 1LE vs. Challenger Hellcat Redeye," 12 Feb. 2020 Choose from six science exercises that include creating a stinky intestine, sticky snot, fake blood, and even grow friendly molds and bacteria. Popular Science, "Fun and fascinating science kits for kids," 10 Feb. 2020 Mackerel, so often oily and bluntly fishy, was mellow and meaty, crowned with frizzled leeks and served atop sticky-sweet Japanese eggplant in a vinaigrette made with yuzu and makgeolli, a cloudy Korean rice wine. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "Kochi’s Korean Tasting Menu Offers Everyday Indulgence on a Skewer," 7 Feb. 2020 To control them, fix any leaks, dehumidify, declutter to improve air circulation, and use sticky roach traps. Ellen Nibali,, "Garden Q&A: What is this cricket in the basement? And how to help the birds.," 5 Dec. 2019 Instead, try one or more of all of the following roach-killers: boric acid dusting powder, boric acid tablets, bait stations, and sticky glue traps. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How To Get Rid of Cockroaches for Good," 13 Nov. 2019 To best manage roach infestations, Scharf suggests physically removing the insects with the help of special vacuums and sticky traps. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Not Even Chemicals Can Stop the Indomitable Cockroach," 5 July 2019 That includes using special vacuums meant to suck up the roaches (which is also labor-intensive), laying down sticky traps, and educating residents to take out their trash once a day or to not leave out pet food (a roach favorite). Brian Resnick, Vox, "One big reason you can’t get rid of cockroaches," 3 July 2019 Goff searched the internet and found a tip that said to use sticky glue traps for rodents. The Washington Post,, "Snake slithers out of car's air vent as Virginia woman is driving," 6 June 2018

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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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19 Feb 2020

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“Sticky.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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