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[kling-ee] /ˈklɪŋ i/
adjective, clingier, clingiest.
apt to cling; adhesive or tenacious:
a clingy fabric.
Origin of clingy
First recorded in 1700-10; cling1 + -y1
Related forms
clinginess, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The stuff was spongy and sticky and clingy, and he had now sunk deep into it up to his stomach.

  • I hed a gown o' thet once: it was drefful kind o' clingy stuff.

    Mercy Philbrick's Choice Helen Hunt Jackson
  • And when he had made up his mind what to do he gritted his teeth and put both arms about the clingy Thing.

    Princeton Stories Jesse Lynch Williams
  • She was as remote as the stars, he knew, yet a moment before he had felt her soft, clingy scarf blowing against his face.

    God's Green Country Ethel M. Chapman
Word Origin and History for clingy

1680s, of things, from cling + -y (2). Of persons (especially children) from 1969, though the image of a "clingy vine" in a relationship goes back to 1896. Related: Clinginess.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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