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

Noun He pulled out a gun and shouted, “This is a stickup!”.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Houston police released surveillance video this week showing a violent Waffle House stickup in which a trio of masked armed robbers burst into the restaurant and forced customers to the floor. Robert Gearty, Fox News, "Waffle House armed robbery in Houston caught on video; $5G reward offered," 12 Oct. 2019 Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the gambling that police worry about is open-air dice games that can lead to stickups or shootings. John Keilman,, "Will local bookies survive when legal sports betting comes to Illinois? The odds look good.," 18 June 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Former coach Vance Joseph and ex-offensive coordinator Munchak always stuck up for Bolles, and new coach Vic Fangio and his staff have, too, always mentioning that Bolles came to football later in life after starring in lacrosse and other sports. Arnie Stapleton,, "Tale of 2 left tackles: Taylor Lewan and Garett Bolles," 12 Nov. 2019 But Patriots fans shouldn’t be disparaging the Bengals in an attempt to stick up for their own team, either., "THREE PLAYERS I’LL BE WATCHING NOT NAMED TOM BRADY," 14 Dec. 2019 Is Leach just sticking up for his quarterback, or is there truth to it? oregonlive, "Is Washington State’s Anthony Gordon the country’s best QB? Is Mike Leach leaving Pullman? Five questions answered by a WSU football expert," 21 Nov. 2019 But instead of letting the spat spin out of control, Skai used the event as an opportunity to stick up against a bully and use her platform to speak out against harassment. Skai Jackson, Teen Vogue, "Skai Jackson on Classy Clapbacks and Using Her Voice for Anti-Bullying," 1 Oct. 2019 But Evers said the lawmakers were punishing Pfaff for sticking up for farmers and publicly criticizing Republicans who control the Legislature for holding back suicide prevention funds. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tony Evers rehires former agriculture secretary ousted by Senate Republicans," 11 Nov. 2019 But this environment is so sad and vicious that there is no one who will stick up for him. Anchorage Daily News, "Gordon Sondland, a key figure in Trump impeachment furor, long coveted ambassadorship," 15 Oct. 2019 Just as Chaput wanted Catholics in the Democratic party (and Republican) to stick up for life and truth and light, that’s the mission wherever a Christian is. Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review, "Thank You, Archbishop Chaput," 30 Sep. 2019 So far, the president has successfully gotten Democrats off message and left them to stick up for two of their most-controversial members, criticizing Israel and losing a chance to discuss pocketbook subjects central to the 2020 campaign. Fox News, "Reporter's Notebook: Spat over scrapped 'Squad' members' Israel visit is tricky politics for both sides," 17 Aug. 2019

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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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23 Nov 2019

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“Stickup.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of stickup

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

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not to be intimidated or subdued

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