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2 [stik]
verb (used with object), stuck, sticking.
to pierce or puncture with something pointed, as a pin, dagger, or spear; stab: to stick one's finger with a needle.
to kill by this means: to stick a pig.
to thrust (something pointed) in, into, through, etc.: to stick a needle into a pincushion.
to fasten in position by thrusting a point or end into something: to stick a peg in a pegboard.
to fasten in position by or as if by something thrust through: to stick a painting on the wall.
to put on or hold with something pointed; impale: to stick a marshmallow on a fork.
to decorate or furnish with things piercing the surface: to stick a cushion full of pins.
to furnish or adorn with things attached or set here and there: to stick shelves full of knickknacks.
to place upon a stick or pin for exhibit: to stick butterflies.
to thrust or poke into a place or position indicated: to stick one's head out of the window.
to place or set in a specified position; put: Stick the chair in the corner.
to fasten or attach by causing to adhere: to stick a stamp on a letter.
to bring to a standstill; render unable to proceed or go back (usually used in the passive): The car was stuck in the mud.
Carpentry. to start (a nail).
Ceramics. to join (pieces of partially hardened clay) together, using slip as an adhesive.
Chiefly British Informal. to tolerate; endure: He couldn't stick the job more than three days.
to confuse or puzzle; bewilder; perplex; nonplus: He was stuck by the very first problem on the test.
Informal. to impose something disagreeable upon (a person or persons), as a large bill or a difficult task: The committee persistently stuck him with fund collection.
Informal. to cheat.
Slang: Often Vulgar. to go to hell with: often used imperatively.
verb (used without object), stuck, sticking.
to have the point piercing or embedded in something: The arrow stuck in the tree.
to remain attached by adhesion.
to hold, cleave, or cling: The young rider stuck to the back of his terrified horse.
to remain persistently or permanently: a fact that sticks in the mind.
to remain firm, as in resolution, opinion, statement, or attachment; hold faithfully, as to a promise or bargain.
to keep or remain steadily or unremittingly, as to a task, undertaking, or the like: to stick to a job until it is finished.
to become fastened, hindered, checked, or stationary by some obstruction: Her zipper stuck halfway up.
to be at a standstill, as from difficulties: I'm stuck on this problem.
to be embarrassed or puzzled; hesitate or scruple (usually followed by at ).
to be thrust or placed so as to extend, project, or protrude (usually followed by through, from, out, up, etc.).
a thrust with a pointed instrument; stab.
a stoppage or standstill.
something causing delay or difficulty.
the quality of adhering or of causing things to adhere.
something causing adhesion.
Verb phrases
stick around, Informal. to wait in the vicinity; linger: If you had stuck around, you'd have seen the fireworks.
stick by/to, to maintain one's attachment or loyalty to; remain faithful to: They vowed to stick by one another no matter what happened.
stick out, to extend; protrude: Stick out your tongue. Your shirttail is sticking out.
stick up, Informal. to rob, especially at gunpoint: A lone gunman stuck up the gas station.
stick up for, to speak in favor of; come to the defense of; support: She always sticks up for him, even though he doesn't deserve it.
stick it, Slang: Often Vulgar. shove1 ( def 7 ).
stick it to (someone), Slang. to take advantage of; treat unfairly.
stick it out, to endure something patiently to the end or its completion: It was a long, dusty trip but we stuck it out.
stick it up your / one's ass, Slang: Vulgar. shove1 ( def 8 ).
stick one's neck out. neck ( def 23 ).
stick to one's guns. gun1 ( def 17 ).
stick to the / one's ribs, to be substantial and nourishing, as a hearty meal: Hot cereal sticks to your ribs on those cold winter mornings.

before 900; Middle English stiken, Old English stician to pierce, thrust; akin to German stechen to sting, Latin -stīg- in instīgāre (see instigate), Greek stízein (see stigma)

stickable, adjective
stickability, noun
restickable, adjective

1. penetrate, spear. 6. transfix. 9. pin. 12. glue, cement, paste. 22. Stick, adhere, cohere mean to cling to or be tightly attached to something. Adhere implies that one kind of material clings tenaciously to another; cohere adds the idea that a thing is attracted to and held by something like itself: Particles of sealing wax cohere and form a mass that will adhere to tin. Stick, a more colloquial and general term, is used particularly when a third kind of material is involved: A gummed label will stick to a package. 29. stickle, waver, doubt. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
stick1 (stɪk)
1.  a small thin branch of a tree
2.  a.  any long thin piece of wood
 b.  such a piece of wood having a characteristic shape for a special purpose: a walking stick; a hockey stick
 c.  a baton, wand, staff, or rod
3.  an object or piece shaped like a stick: a stick of celery; a stick of dynamite
4.  See control stick
5.  informal the lever used to change gear in a motor vehicle
6.  nautical a mast or yard
7.  printing See composing stick
8.  a.  a group of bombs arranged to fall at intervals across a target
 b.  a number of paratroops jumping in sequence
9.  slang
 a.  verbal abuse, criticism: I got some stick for that blunder
 b.  physical power, force (esp in the phrase give it some stick)
10.  (usually plural) a piece of furniture: these few sticks are all I have
11.  informal (plural) a rural area considered remote or backward (esp in the phrase in the sticks)
12.  informal (Canadian W coast), (Northwestern Canadian) (plural) the wooded interior part of the country
13.  (plural) hockey a declaration made by the umpire if a player's stick is above the shoulders
14.  (plural) goalposts
15.  obsolete (US) a cannabis cigarette
16.  a means of coercion
17.  informal a dull boring person
18.  informal (usually preceded by old) a familiar name for a person: not a bad old stick
19.  in a cleft stick in a difficult position
20.  wrong end of the stick a complete misunderstanding of a situation, explanation, etc
vb , sticks, sticking, sticked
21.  to support (a plant) with sticks; stake
[Old English sticca; related to Old Norse stikka, Old High German stecca]

stick2 (stɪk)
vb (when intr, foll by out, up, through, etc) , sticks, sticking, stuck
1.  (tr) to pierce or stab with or as if with something pointed
2.  to thrust or push (a sharp or pointed object) or (of a sharp or pointed object) to be pushed into or through another object
3.  (tr) to fasten in position by pushing or forcing a point into something: to stick a peg in a hole
4.  (tr) to fasten in position by or as if by pins, nails, etc: to stick a picture on the wall
5.  (tr) to transfix or impale on a pointed object
6.  (tr) to cover with objects piercing or set in the surface
7.  to put forward or be put forward; protrude or cause to protrude: to stick one's head out of the window
8.  informal (tr) to place or put in a specified position: stick your coat on this chair
9.  to fasten or be fastened by or as if by an adhesive substance: stick the pages together; they won't stick
10.  informal (tr) to cause to become sticky
11.  (when tr, usually passive) to come or cause to come to a standstill: we were stuck for hours in a traffic jam; the wheels stuck
12.  (intr) to remain for a long time: the memory sticks in my mind
13.  slang chiefly (Brit) (tr) to tolerate; abide: I can't stick that man
14.  (intr) to be reluctant
15.  informal (tr; usually passive) to cause to be at a loss; baffle, puzzle, or confuse: I was totally stuck for an answer
16.  slang (tr) to force or impose something unpleasant on: they stuck me with the bill for lunch
17.  (tr) to kill by piercing or stabbing
18.  informal stick in one's throat, stick in one's craw to be difficult, or against one's conscience, for one to accept, utter, or believe
19.  stick one's nose into See nose
20.  informal stick to the ribs (of food) to be hearty and satisfying
21.  the state or condition of adhering
22.  informal a substance causing adhesion
23.  obsolete something that causes delay or stoppage
[Old English stician; related to Old High German stehhan to sting, Old Norse steikja to roast on a spit]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. sticca "rod, twig, spoon," from P.Gmc. *stikkon- "pierce, prick" (cf. O.N. stik, O.H.G. stehho, Ger. Stecken "stick, staff"), from PIE *st(e)ig- (see stick (v.)). Meaning "staff used in a game" is from 1674 (originally billiards); meaning "manual gearshift lever" first
recorded 1914. Phrase Sticks "rural place" is 1905, from sticks in slang sense of "trees" (cf. backwoods). Stick-ball is attested from 1824. Alliterative connection of sticks and stones is recorded from c.1436.

O.E. stician "to pierce, stab," also "to remain embedded, be fastened," from P.Gmc. *stik- "pierce, prick, be sharp" (cf. O.S. stekan, O.Fris. steka, Du. stecken, O.H.G. stehhan, Ger. stechen "to stab, prick"), from PIE *st(e)ig- (cf. L. in-stigare "to goad;" Gk. stizein "to prick, puncture," stigma
"mark made by a pointed instrument;" O.Pers. tigra- "sharp, pointed;" Avestan tighri- "arrow;" Lith. stingu "to remain in place;" Rus. stegati "to quilt"). Figurative sense of "to remain permanently in mind" is attested from c.1300. Trans. sense of "to fasten (something) in place" is attested from late 13c. Stick out "project" is recorded from 1560s. Slang stick around "remain" is from 1912; stick it as a rude bit of advice is first recorded 1922.
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