verb (used without object), clung, clinging.
to adhere closely; stick to:
The wet paper clings to the glass.
to hold tight, as by grasping or embracing; cleave:
The children clung to each other in the dark.
to be or remain close:
The child clung to her mother’s side.
to remain attached, as to an idea, hope, memory, etc.:
Despite the predictions, the candidate clung to the belief that he would be elected.
the act of clinging; adherence; attachment.
verb (intransitive) clings, clinging, clung
(often foll by to) to hold fast or adhere closely (to something), as by gripping or sticking
(foll by together) to remain in contact (with each other)
to be or remain physically or emotionally close: to cling to outmoded beliefs
(agriculture, mainly US) the tendency of cotton fibres in a sample to stick to each other
(agriculture, obsolete) diarrhoea or scouring in animals
short for clingstone
Old English clingan “hold fast, adhere closely; congeal, shrivel” (strong verb, past tense clang, past participle clungen), from Proto-Germanic *klingg- (cf. Danish klynge “to cluster;” Old High German klinga “narrow gorge;” Old Norse klengjask “press onward;” Danish klinke, Dutch klinken “to clench;” German Klinke “latch”).
The main sense shifted in Middle English to “adhere to” (something else), “stick together.” Of persons in embrace, c.1600. Figuratively (to hopes, outmoded ideas, etc.), from 1580s. Of clothes from 1792. Related: Clung; clinging.
noun, Informal. 1. a person who behaves in a helpless and dependent manner in relationships with others. noun 1. (US & Canadian, informal) a woman who displays excessive emotional dependence on a man An overly dependent person, as in A clinging vine since her marriage, she’s never made a decision on her own. Nearly always […]
[kling-muh nz] /ˈklɪŋ mənz/ noun 1. a mountain on the border between North Carolina and Tennessee: the highest peak in the Great Smoky Mountains. 6642 feet (2024 meters).
noun 1. a clingstone peach.
[kling-stohn] /ˈklɪŋˌstoʊn/ adjective 1. having a pit to which the pulp adheres closely, as certain peaches and plums. noun 2. a clingstone peach. /ˈklɪŋˌstəʊn/ noun 1. Compare freestone (sense 2) n. “fruit having the pulp adhering firmly to the stone,” 1722, from cling (v.) + stone (n.). Also as an adjective.