- 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.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for sticky
Paddle8 already has a “sticky collector base who are addicted to the site,” he says.William, Kate, and Jay Z’s Favorite Art Star: Alexander Gilkes' World of Rock Stars and Royalty
December 10, 2014
She is equally desirous of Levine, as animalistic and eager to consume him while sticky with sanguine fluid.Sex, Blood and Maroon 5: Pop Culture’s Wounds Run Deep
October 3, 2014
That was cold, and I was covered in sticky blood in winter in England, on a castle wall.Life After Deaths: Sean Bean on 'Game of Thrones' Paternity and 'Legends'
August 11, 2014
Each of them was coated in something resembling a gray, sticky batter.Life Under Air Strikes: Children Under Fire Will Never Forget — or Forgive
August 3, 2014
Somebody could be giving us a drink instead of a sticky carburetor.The Federal Government Has Violated My Right to Chainsaw
P. J. O’Rourke
April 27, 2014
And then, when he had slipped his hand back into hers, he had encountered a sticky chocolate!The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
It was too dark to see the color, but I knew from the sticky feeling of it just what it was.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
That dirty little red, moving, sticky object was a human being.My Double Life
Here and there something brown and sticky on the leaves caught the scout's eye.Pee-wee Harris
Percy Keese Fitzhugh
The street had been transformed into a morass of sticky mud by the storm.L'Assommoir
- covered or daubed with an adhesive or viscous substancesticky 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 painfula sticky business
- US informal sentimental
- (of a website) encouraging users to visit repeatedly
- (tr) informal to make sticky
- short for stickybeak
- an inquisitive look or stare (esp in the phrase have a sticky at)
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.