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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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  • Seems a multiple-pierced and tattooed lovely in a clingy peach taffeta costume had melted his heart.
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  • These toddlers explore little, are wary of strangers, and might be clingy and demanding.
  • Children this age may either withdraw from others or become too attached and clingy.
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  • Avoid: clingy styles and clothes with tightly fitted waistlines or belts.
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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