[ kling ]
/ klɪŋ /
verb (used without object), clung, cling·ing.
to adhere closely; stick to: The wet paper clings to the glass.
to hold tight, as by grasping or embracing; cleave: The children clung to each other in the dark.
to be or remain close: The child clung to her mother's side.
to remain attached, as to an idea, hope, memory, etc.: Despite the predictions, the candidate clung to the belief that he would be elected.
the act of clinging; adherence; attachment.
Origin of cling1
before 900; Middle English clingen, Old English clingan to stick together, shrink, wither; akin to clench
Related formscling·er, nouncling·ing·ly, adverbcling·ing·ness, nounun·cling·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for clinger
/ (klɪŋ) /
verb clings, clinging or clung (intr)
(often foll by to) to hold fast or adhere closely (to something), as by gripping or sticking
(foll by together) to remain in contact (with each other)
to be or remain physically or emotionally closeto cling to outmoded beliefs
agriculture, mainly US the tendency of cotton fibres in a sample to stick to each other
agriculture obsolete diarrhoea or scouring in animals
short for clingstone
clinging, adjectiveclinger, nounclingingly, adverbclingy, adjective
clinginess or clingingness, noun
Word Origin for cling
Old English clingan; related to clench
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