stickiness

sticky

[stik-ee]
adjective, stickier, stickiest.
1.
having the property of adhering, as glue; adhesive.
2.
covered with adhesive or viscid matter: sticky hands.
3.
(of the weather or climate) hot and humid: It was an unbearably sticky day.
4.
requiring careful treatment; awkwardly difficult: a rather sticky diplomatic problem; Breaking the news is going to be sticky.
5.
Informal. unpleasant; unfortunate; nasty: The villain of the story meets a sticky end.
noun, plural stickies.
6.
one of a number of small sheets of paper on a pad, each having an adhesive backing that allows it to be positioned and repositioned on smooth surfaces.

Origin:
1720–30; 1910–15 for def 4; stick2 + -y1

stickily, adverb
stickiness, noun
nonsticky, adjective
unsticky, adjective


3. muggy, sultry, damp, steamy.
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sticky (ˈstɪkɪ)
 
adj , stickier, stickiest
1.  covered or daubed with an adhesive or viscous substance: sticky fingers
2.  having the property of sticking to a surface
3.  (of weather or atmosphere) warm and humid; muggy
4.  (of prices) tending not to fall in deflationary conditions
5.  informal difficult, awkward, or painful: a sticky business
6.  informal (US) sentimental
7.  (of a website) encouraging users to visit repeatedly
 
vb , stickier, stickiest, stickies, stickying, stickied
8.  informal (tr) to make sticky
 
n , stickier, stickiest, stickies, stickying, stickied, stickies
9.  short for stickybeak
10.  an inquisitive look or stare (esp in the phrase have a sticky at)
 
'stickily
 
adv
 
'stickiness
 
n

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sticky
1727, "adhesive," from stick (v.). An O.E. word for this was clibbor. First recorded 1864 in the sense of "sentimental;" 1915 with the meaning "difficult." Of weather, "hot and humid," from 1895. Sticky wicket is 1952, from British slang, in reference to cricket.
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