clinginess

clingy

[kling-ee]
adjective, clingier, clingiest.
apt to cling; adhesive or tenacious: a clingy fabric.

Origin:
1700–10; cling1 + -y1

clinginess, noun
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cling (klɪŋ)
 
vb , clings, clinging, clung
1.  (often foll by to) to hold fast or adhere closely (to something), as by gripping or sticking
2.  (foll by together) to remain in contact (with each other)
3.  to be or remain physically or emotionally close: to cling to outmoded beliefs
 
n
4.  chiefly (US) agriculture the tendency of cotton fibres in a sample to stick to each other
5.  obsolete agriculture diarrhoea or scouring in animals
6.  short for clingstone
 
[Old English clingan; related to clench]
 
'clinging
 
adj
 
'clinger
 
n
 
'clingingly
 
adv
 
'clingy
 
adj
 
'clinginess
 
n
 
'clingingness
 
n

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clingy
c.1710, of things, from cling. Of persons (esp. children) from 1969, though the image of a "clingy vine" in a relationship goes back to 1896.
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