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clingy

[kling-ee] /ˈklɪŋ i/
adjective, clingier, clingiest.
1.
apt to cling; adhesive or tenacious:
a clingy fabric.
Origin of clingy
1700-1710
1700-10; cling1 + -y1
Related forms
clinginess, noun
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adj.

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.

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