plural noun, Informal.
a propensity to steal.
A propensity to steal, as in You’d better not leave any cash around; she’s known for her sticky fingers. This metaphor makes it seem as if valuables adhere naturally to a thief’s fingers. [ ; late 1800s ]
- Sticky floor
Trademark. 1. a usually small piece of paper with an adhesive strip on the back that allows it to adhere to surfaces and be repositioned with ease.
- Sticky tune
noun See earworm
noun 1. Cricket. the area of ground around a wicket when it is tacky because of recent rain and therefore does not allow the ball to bounce well. 2. Chiefly British. a situation requiring delicate treatment; an awkward situation: In telling his wife that he has to be away for a month in Cannes, he’ll […]