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[kling-ee] /ˈklɪŋ i/
adjective, clingier, clingiest.
apt to cling; adhesive or tenacious:
a clingy fabric.
Origin of clingy
1700-10; cling1 + -y1
Related forms
clinginess, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I hed a gown o' thet once: it was drefful kind o' clingy stuff.

    Mercy Philbrick's Choice Helen Hunt Jackson
  • The stuff was spongy and sticky and clingy, and he had now sunk deep into it up to his stomach.

  • She was as remote as the stars, he knew, yet a moment before he had felt her soft, clingy scarf blowing against his face.

    God's Green Country Ethel M. Chapman
  • And when he had made up his mind what to do he gritted his teeth and put both arms about the clingy Thing.

    Princeton Stories Jesse Lynch Williams
Word Origin and History for clingy

1680s, of things, from cling + -y (2). Of persons (especially children) from 1969, though the image of a "clingy vine" in a relationship goes back to 1896. Related: Clinginess.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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