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sticker

[stik-er]
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noun
  1. a person or thing that sticks.
  2. an adhesive label.
  3. Informal. sticker price.
  4. something, as a problem or riddle, that puzzles or nonpluses one.
  5. Slang. a knife, especially one used as a weapon by a criminal.
  6. a worker who kills animals in a slaughterhouse by piercing the jugular vein with a pointed instrument.
  7. a bur, thorn, or the like.
adjective
  1. of or relating to the sticker price of an automobile: Customers are experiencing sticker shock at the high price of new cars.
verb (used with object)
  1. to place a sticker on.

Origin of sticker

First recorded in 1575–85; stick2 + -er1
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Examples from the Web for sticker

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Historical Examples

  • It's not in my line, but I think she's a sticker; I like to see perseverance.

    Beyond

    John Galsworthy

  • He's a sticker, that's wot 'e is, and it's my misfortune that 'is mother takes after 'im.

  • It is this waiting so patiently that gives him his name of "sticker."

  • This is also true of the office-beggar, or "sticker," as he calls himself.

  • We expressed the hope that Bella Donna would prove a sticker.

    Neighbours

    Robert Stead


British Dictionary definitions for sticker

sticker

noun
  1. an adhesive label, poster, or paper
  2. a person or thing that sticks
  3. a persevering or industrious person
  4. something prickly, such as a thorn, that clings to one's clothing, etc
  5. informal something that perplexes
  6. informal a knife used for stabbing or piercing
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Word Origin and History for sticker

n.

"gummed adhesive label," 1871, from stick (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper