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[kling-ee] /ˈklɪŋ i/
adjective, clingier, clingiest.
apt to cling; adhesive or tenacious:
a clingy fabric.
1700-10; cling1 + -y1
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clinginess, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples for clingy
  • Seems a multiple-pierced and tattooed lovely in a clingy peach taffeta costume had melted his heart.
  • And by not adding water, the syrup would be thick and clingy instead of diluted.
  • He whines a lot, and he's going through a super clingy phase.
  • Trapped in clingy gowns, shimmering with fish tails.
  • Everyone who has ever interviewed for a grocery bagging job knows that a clingy, desperate demeanor is a huge turnoff.
  • The duchess' gown was both clingy and voluminous, but her still slim figure was apparent.
  • 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.
  • Toddlers may have temper tantrums, or become clingy.
  • Avoid: clingy styles and clothes with tightly fitted waistlines or belts.
Word Origin and History for 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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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