- simple past tense and past participle of stick2.
- stuck on, Informal. infatuated with: He met her only once and is already stuck on her.
- a branch or shoot of a tree or shrub that has been cut or broken off.
- a relatively long and slender piece of wood.
- a long piece of wood for use as fuel, in carpentry, etc.
- a rod or wand.
- a baton.
- Chiefly British. a walking stick or cane.
- a club or cudgel.
- something that serves to goad or coerce: The threat of unemployment was the stick that kept the workers toiling overtime.Compare carrot(def 3).
- a long, slender piece or part of anything: a stick of candy; sticks of celery.
- any of four equal parts in a pound of butter or margarine.
- Sports. an implement used to drive or propel a ball or puck, as a crosse or a hockey stick.
- Aeronautics. a lever, usually with a handle, by which the longitudinal and lateral motions of an airplane are controlled.
- Nautical. a mast or spar.
- Printing. composing stick.
- the sticks, Informal. any region distant from cities or towns, as rural districts; the country: Having lived in a large city all his life, he found it hard to adjust to the sticks.
- a group of bombs so arranged as to be released in a row across a target.
- the bomb load.
- Informal. stick shift.
- Slang. a marijuana cigarette.
- Informal. an unenthusiastic or uninteresting person.
- Informal. a portion of liquor, as brandy, added to a nonalcoholic drink.
- to furnish (a plant, vine, etc.) with a stick or sticks in order to prop or support.
- Printing. to set (type) in a composing stick.
- short/dirty end of the stick, Slang. the least desirable assignment, decision, or part of an arrangement.
Origin of stick1
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Origin of stick2
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Examples from the Web for stuck
Within minutes, it seems, of the disclosures of these tragic events, large numbers of people chose a side and stuck to it.In 2015, Let’s Try for More Compassion
January 4, 2015
What stuck in my mind were the two supporting actors, Gloria Grahame and Lee Marvin.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
Occasionally a pamphlet for a salsa class might be tossed on a doorstop or stuck on a pole near a bus stop.Iran’s Becoming a Footloose Nation as Dance Lessons Spread
January 2, 2015
As the rest of the country changed, Atlantic City seemed to be stuck in the past, and tourism eventually died off.I Watched a Casino Kill Itself: The Awful Last Nights of Atlantic City’s Taj Mahal
December 8, 2014
Are we all so stuck in our roles that when a given issue comes up, we just default to type?The St. Louis Rams Enter the Ferguson Fray
December 1, 2014
There he stuck, and it stood to reason that he could not win.Way of the Lawless
Her fingers were stiff, but so was her will: the way she stuck to her work was pathetic.Weighed and Wanting
As he clapped his legs to the horse's back he stuck his knife into the Potawatami.The Trail Book
Didn't he break Fisher-didn't he break every other man that ever stuck to him?
If he were as clever as he is honest, he wouldn't have been stuck with a horse like Lauzanne.
- the past tense and past participle of stick 2
- informal baffled or nonplussed
- (foll by on) slang keen (on) or infatuated (with)
- get stuck in or get stuck into informal
- to perform (a task) with determination
- to attack (a person) verbally or physically
- a small thin branch of a tree
- any long thin piece of wood
- such a piece of wood having a characteristic shape for a special purposea walking stick; a hockey stick
- a baton, wand, staff, or rod
- an object or piece shaped like a sticka stick of celery; a stick of dynamite
- See control stick
- informal the lever used to change gear in a motor vehicle
- nautical a mast or yard
- printing See composing stick
- a group of bombs arranged to fall at intervals across a target
- a number of paratroops jumping in sequence
- verbal abuse, criticismI got some stick for that blunder
- physical power, force (esp in the phrase give it some stick)
- (usually plural) a piece of furniturethese few sticks are all I have
- (plural) informal a rural area considered remote or backward (esp in the phrase in the sticks)
- (plural) Canadian West coast and Northwestern Canadian informal the wooded interior part of the country
- (plural) hockey a declaration made by the umpire if a player's stick is above the shoulders
- (plural) goalposts
- US obsolete a cannabis cigarette
- a means of coercion
- informal a dull boring person
- (usually preceded by old) informal a familiar name for a personnot a bad old stick
- in a cleft stick in a difficult position
- wrong end of the stick a complete misunderstanding of a situation, explanation, etc
- to support (a plant) with sticks; stake
- (tr) to pierce or stab with or as if with something pointed
- to thrust or push (a sharp or pointed object) or (of a sharp or pointed object) to be pushed into or through another object
- (tr) to fasten in position by pushing or forcing a point into somethingto stick a peg in a hole
- (tr) to fasten in position by or as if by pins, nails, etcto stick a picture on the wall
- (tr) to transfix or impale on a pointed object
- (tr) to cover with objects piercing or set in the surface
- (when intr, foll by out, up, through, etc) to put forward or be put forward; protrude or cause to protrudeto stick one's head out of the window
- (tr) informal to place or put in a specified positionstick your coat on this chair
- to fasten or be fastened by or as if by an adhesive substancestick the pages together; they won't stick
- (tr) informal to cause to become sticky
- (when tr, usually passive) to come or cause to come to a standstillwe were stuck for hours in a traffic jam; the wheels stuck
- (intr) to remain for a long timethe memory sticks in my mind
- (tr) slang, mainly British to tolerate; abideI can't stick that man
- (intr) to be reluctant
- (tr; usually passive) informal to cause to be at a loss; baffle, puzzle, or confuseI was totally stuck for an answer
- (tr) slang to force or impose something unpleasant onthey stuck me with the bill for lunch
- (tr) to kill by piercing or stabbing
- stick in one's throat or stick in one's craw informal to be difficult, or against one's conscience, for one to accept, utter, or believe
- stick one's nose into See nose (def. 17)
- stick to the ribs informal (of food) to be hearty and satisfying
- the state or condition of adhering
- informal a substance causing adhesion
- obsolete something that causes delay or stoppage
Word Origin and History for stuck
"unable to go any further," 1885, from past participle of stick (v.). Colloquial stuck-up "assuming an unjustified air of superiority" is recorded from 1829.
Old English sticca "rod, twig, spoon," from Proto-Germanic *stikkon- "pierce, prick" (cf. Old Norse stik, Old High German stehho, German Stecken "stick, staff"), from PIE *steig- "to stick; pointed" (see stick (v.)). Meaning "staff used in a game" is from 1670s (originally billiards); meaning "manual gearshift lever" first recorded 1914. Stick-ball is attested from 1824. Alliterative connection of sticks and stones is recorded from mid-15c.
Old English stician "to pierce, stab," also "to remain embedded, be fastened," from Proto-Germanic *stik- "pierce, prick, be sharp" (cf. Old Saxon stekan, Old Frisian steka, Dutch stecken, Old High German stehhan, German stechen "to stab, prick"), from PIE *steig- (cf. Latin in-stigare "to goad;" Greek stizein "to prick, puncture," stigma "mark made by a pointed instrument;" Old Persian tigra- "sharp, pointed;" Avestan tighri- "arrow;" Lithuanian stingu "to remain in place;" Russian stegati "to quilt").
Figurative sense of "to remain permanently in mind" is attested from c.1300. Transitive 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.
Idioms and Phrases with stuck
In addition to the idioms beginning with stick
- stick around
- stick at
- stick by
- stick in one's craw
- stick it
- stick it to someone
- stick one's neck out
- stick out
- stick to
- stick together
- stick to one's guns
- stick to one's last
- stick to the ribs
- stick up
- stick up for
- stick with
- sticky fingers
- carrot and stick
- get on the stick
- make stick
- more than one can shake a stick at
- short end of the stick
- stand (stick) up for
- wrong end of the stick
Also see understuck.