Why was clemency trending last week?


[stik-ee] /ˈstɪk i/
adjective, stickier, stickiest.
having the property of adhering, as glue; adhesive.
covered with adhesive or viscid matter:
sticky hands.
(of the weather or climate) hot and humid:
It was an unbearably sticky day.
requiring careful treatment; awkwardly difficult:
a rather sticky diplomatic problem; Breaking the news is going to be sticky.
Informal. unpleasant; unfortunate; nasty:
The villain of the story meets a sticky end.
noun, plural stickies.
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 of sticky
1720-30; 1910-15 for def 4; stick2 + -y1
Related forms
stickily, adverb
stickiness, noun
nonsticky, adjective
unsticky, adjective
3. muggy, sultry, damp, steamy. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for sticky
  • The taste was not unpleasant, but it left a sticky feeling in the mouth.
  • Rice grits cook up with a texture that's creamy, sticky or pearly depending on how you treat them.
  • There was a lot of crying, sticky hands and vanilla- and chocolate-stained clothing.
  • The giant anteater can cover its tongue with a sticky saliva to help it get ants.
  • Add more flour if the dough is too sticky or more water if too dry.
  • But there may also be a sticky state symbol problem.
  • The brown sugar and soy sauce marinade tenderizes the meat and cooks down into a sticky, deliciously savory sauce.
  • Remove the papery outer husks when you're ready to use the fruit, and rinse off the sticky residue.
  • On the other hand, you're likely to tread on ripe figs when they drop onto the ground and melt into a puddle of sticky syrup.
  • To keep ants from reaching their goal, encircle tree trunks with sticky bands for several weeks.
British Dictionary definitions for sticky


adjective stickier, stickiest
covered or daubed with an adhesive or viscous substance: sticky fingers
having the property of sticking to a surface
(of weather or atmosphere) warm and humid; muggy
(of prices) tending not to fall in deflationary conditions
(informal) difficult, awkward, or painful: a sticky business
(US, informal) sentimental
(of a website) encouraging users to visit repeatedly
verb stickies, stickying, stickied
(transitive) (informal) to make sticky
noun (Austral, informal) (pl) stickies
short for stickybeak
an inquisitive look or stare (esp in the phrase have a sticky at)
Derived Forms
stickily, adverb
stickiness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for sticky

1727, "adhesive," from stick (v.). An Old English 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for sticky

stick up for

verb phrase

To defend and support: If his own family won't, who will stick up for him? (1837+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for sticky

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for sticky

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with sticky