[ kling ]
/ klɪŋ /
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verb (used without object), clung [kluhng], /klʌŋ/, 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.
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Origin of cling1
First recorded before 900; Middle English clingen, Old English clingan “to stick together, shrink, wither”; akin to clench
OTHER WORDS FROM clingclinger, nouncling·ing·ly, adverbcling·ing·ness, nounun·cling·ing, adjective
Other definitions for cling (2 of 2)
[ kling ]
/ klɪŋ /
Origin of cling2
1835–45; by shortening from clingstone, or special use of cling1 (noun)
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How to use cling in a sentence
To belittle her as a thumper/clinger is to diminish many hardworking folks in the heart of the nation.Sarah Palin's Calling the Shots for the 2012 GOP Field|Mark McKinnon|May 27, 2011|DAILY BEAST
Around its neck was a pea clinger, which formed a perfect noose.
She was a Clinger, who would curl around the nearest support like a morning glory vine.The Campfire Girls Go Motoring|Hildegard G. Frey
They once were the coats or outside garment of a swimmer or a clinger of the sea.Lord Dolphin|Harriet A. Cheever
British Dictionary definitions for cling
/ (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
Derived forms of cling
clinging, adjectiveclinger, nounclingingly, adverbclingy, adjective
clinginess or clingingness, noun
Word Origin for cling
Old English clingan; related to clench
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