adjective, clingier, clingiest.
apt to cling; adhesive or tenacious: a clingy fabric.

1700–10; cling1 + -y1

clinginess, noun Unabridged
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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
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]

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Word Origin & History

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.
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Example sentences
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.
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