clingingness

cling

1 [kling]
verb (used without object), clung, clinging.
1.
to adhere closely; stick to: The wet paper clings to the glass.
2.
to hold tight, as by grasping or embracing; cleave: The children clung to each other in the dark.
3.
to be or remain close: The child clung to her mother's side.
4.
to remain attached, as to an idea, hope, memory, etc.: Despite the predictions, the candidate clung to the belief that he would be elected.
5.
to cohere.
noun
6.
the act of clinging; adherence; attachment.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English clingen, Old English clingan to stick together, shrink, wither; akin to clench

clinger, noun
clingingly, adverb
clingingness, noun
unclinging, adjective


2. clutch, grab, hug.
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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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cling
O.E. clingan "hold fast, congeal, shrivel," shifting 13c. to "adhere, stick together," from P.Gmc. *klingg-.
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