verb (used with object), stuck, sticking.
to pierce or puncture with something pointed, as a pin, dagger, or spear; stab:
to stick one’s finger with a needle.
to kill by this means:
to stick a pig.
to thrust (something pointed) in, into, through, etc.:
to stick a needle into a pincushion.
to fasten in position by thrusting a point or end into something:
to stick a peg in a pegboard.
to fasten in position by or as if by something thrust through:
to stick a painting on the wall.
to put on or hold with something pointed; impale:
to stick a marshmallow on a fork.
to decorate or furnish with things piercing the surface:
to stick a cushion full of pins.
to furnish or adorn with things attached or set here and there:
to stick shelves full of knickknacks.
to place upon a stick or pin for exhibit:
to stick butterflies.
to thrust or poke into a place or position indicated:
to stick one’s head out of the window.
to place or set in a specified position; put:
Stick the chair in the corner.
to fasten or attach by causing to adhere:
to stick a stamp on a letter.
to bring to a standstill; render unable to proceed or go back (usually used in the passive):
The car was stuck in the mud.
Carpentry. to start (a nail).
Ceramics. to join (pieces of partially hardened clay) together, using slip as an adhesive.
Chiefly British Informal. to tolerate; endure:
He couldn’t stick the job more than three days.
to confuse or puzzle; bewilder; perplex; nonplus:
He was stuck by the very first problem on the test.
Informal. to impose something disagreeable upon (a person or persons), as a large bill or a difficult task:
The committee persistently stuck him with fund collection.
Informal. to cheat.
Slang: Often Vulgar. to go to hell with: often used imperatively.
verb (used without object), stuck, sticking.
to have the point piercing or embedded in something:
The arrow stuck in the tree.
to remain attached by adhesion.
to hold, cleave, or cling:
The young rider stuck to the back of his terrified horse.
to remain persistently or permanently:
a fact that sticks in the mind.
to remain firm, as in resolution, opinion, statement, or attachment; hold faithfully, as to a promise or bargain.
to keep or remain steadily or unremittingly, as to a task, undertaking, or the like:
to stick to a job until it is finished.
to become fastened, hindered, checked, or stationary by some obstruction:
Her zipper stuck halfway up.
to be at a standstill, as from difficulties:
I’m stuck on this problem.
to be embarrassed or puzzled; hesitate or scruple (usually followed by at).
to be thrust or placed so as to extend, project, or protrude (usually followed by through, from, out, up, etc.).
a thrust with a pointed instrument; stab.
a stoppage or standstill.
something causing delay or difficulty.
the quality of adhering or of causing things to adhere.
something causing adhesion.
stick around, Informal. to wait in the vicinity; linger:
If you had stuck around, you’d have seen the fireworks.
stick by/to, to maintain one’s attachment or loyalty to; remain faithful to:
They vowed to stick by one another no matter what happened.
stick out, to extend; protrude:
Stick out your tongue. Your shirttail is sticking out.
stick up, Informal. to rob, especially at gunpoint:
A lone gunman stuck up the gas station.
stick up for, to speak in favor of; come to the defense of; support:
She always sticks up for him, even though he doesn’t deserve it.
stick it, Slang: Often Vulgar. shove1 (def 7).
stick it to (someone), Slang. to take advantage of; treat unfairly.
stick it out, to endure something patiently to the end or its completion:
It was a long, dusty trip but we stuck it out.
stick it up your / one’s ass, Slang: Vulgar. shove1 (def 8).
stick one’s neck out. neck (def 23).
stick to one’s guns. gun1 (def 17).
stick to the / one’s ribs, to be substantial and nourishing, as a hearty meal:
Hot cereal sticks to your ribs on those cold winter mornings.
a small thin branch of a tree
any long thin piece of wood
such a piece of wood having a characteristic shape for a special purpose: a walking stick, a hockey stick
a baton, wand, staff, or rod
an object or piece shaped like a stick: a stick of celery, a stick of dynamite
See control stick
(informal) the lever used to change gear in a motor vehicle
(nautical) a mast or yard
(printing) See composing stick
a group of bombs arranged to fall at intervals across a target
a number of paratroops jumping in sequence
verbal abuse, criticism: I got some stick for that blunder
physical power, force (esp in the phrase give it some stick)
(usually pl) a piece of furniture: these few sticks are all I have
(pl) (informal) a rural area considered remote or backward (esp in the phrase in the sticks)
(pl) (Canadian W coast & Northwestern Canadian, informal) the wooded interior part of the country
(pl) (hockey) a declaration made by the umpire if a player’s stick is above the shoulders
(US, obsolete) a cannabis cigarette
a means of coercion
(informal) a dull boring person
(usually preceded by old) (informal) a familiar name for a person: not a bad old stick
in a cleft stick, in a difficult position
wrong end of the stick, a complete misunderstanding of a situation, explanation, etc
verb sticks, sticking, sticked
to support (a plant) with sticks; stake
verb sticks, sticking, stuck
(transitive) to pierce or stab with or as if with something pointed
to thrust or push (a sharp or pointed object) or (of a sharp or pointed object) to be pushed into or through another object
(transitive) to fasten in position by pushing or forcing a point into something: to stick a peg in a hole
(transitive) to fasten in position by or as if by pins, nails, etc: to stick a picture on the wall
(transitive) to transfix or impale on a pointed object
(transitive) to cover with objects piercing or set in the surface
when intr, foll by out, up, through, etc. to put forward or be put forward; protrude or cause to protrude: to stick one’s head out of the window
(transitive) (informal) to place or put in a specified position: stick your coat on this chair
to fasten or be fastened by or as if by an adhesive substance: stick the pages together, they won’t stick
(transitive) (informal) to cause to become sticky
(when transitive, usually passive) to come or cause to come to a standstill: we were stuck for hours in a traffic jam, the wheels stuck
(intransitive) to remain for a long time: the memory sticks in my mind
(transitive) (slang, mainly Brit) to tolerate; abide: I can’t stick that man
(intransitive) to be reluctant
(transitive; usually passive) (informal) to cause to be at a loss; baffle, puzzle, or confuse: I was totally stuck for an answer
(transitive) (slang) to force or impose something unpleasant on: they stuck me with the bill for lunch
(transitive) to kill by piercing or stabbing
(informal) stick in one’s throat, stick in one’s craw, to be difficult, or against one’s conscience, for one to accept, utter, or believe
stick one’s nose into, See nose (sense 17)
(informal) stick to the ribs, (of food) to be hearty and satisfying
the state or condition of adhering
(informal) a substance causing adhesion
(obsolete) something that causes delay or stoppage
- Stick together
verb 1. (intransitive, adverb) (informal) to remain loyal or friendly to one another stick together Remain united, as in It’s important that we stick together on this issue. [ Mid-1500s ]
[stik-too-i-tiv, -it-iv] /ˌstɪkˈtu ɪ tɪv, -ɪt ɪv/ adjective, Informal. 1. tenaciously resolute; persevering: Stick-to-it-ive people get ahead in life.
noun dogged perseverance; resolute tenacity; also written stick-to-it-ive-ness Examples The only way she has published so many books is through stick-to-it-ive-ness. Word Origin 1909 Usage Note colloquial sticks, the
noun See sticktoitiveness