verb (used without object), clung, cling·ing.
Origin of cling1
Examples from the Web for clinging
My muddy shoe slipped, and I banged my kneecap on a fence rail, clinging for dear life.
The people of Donetsk are clinging to normality, trying to enjoy the spring, but their anger, disillusionment and fear runs deep.Putin Has Predicted Civil War in Ukraine. So Do Many of Its People|Anna Nemtsova|April 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At this moment the revolutionary, like the nation of Syria, is clinging to life.
Abbas is toying with making an appeal to the international community and Netanyahu is clinging onto status quo.
We must acknowledge the passing of the former while clinging ever tighter to the latter.
And if you look into these pools from above, you may often see it clinging to the rocks round the margin.The Animal World, A Book of Natural History|Theodore Wood
On the contrary, I'm believing in and clinging to your dear innermost.The Pastor's Wife|Elizabeth von Arnim
The figure in the snow stumbled along the sidewalk, clinging to the iron railings.Six Little Bunkers at Mammy June's|Laura Lee Hope
Do not fumble with it, or succumb to the insinuating temptation of clinging to what is so effective.How to See a Play|Richard Burton
The young man, clinging to a cleat and watching the struggles of their craft, waved a mittened hand to signify that he agreed.Blow The Man Down|Holman Day
British Dictionary definitions for clinging
verb clings, clinging or clung (intr)
Word Origin for cling
Word Origin and History for clinging
Old English clingan "hold fast, adhere closely; congeal, shrivel" (strong verb, past tense clang, past participle clungen), from Proto-Germanic *klingg- (cf. Danish klynge "to cluster;" Old High German klinga "narrow gorge;" Old Norse klengjask "press onward;" Danish klinke, Dutch klinken "to clench;" German Klinke "latch").
The main sense shifted in Middle English to "adhere to" (something else), "stick together." Of persons in embrace, c.1600. Figuratively (to hopes, outmoded ideas, etc.), from 1580s. Of clothes from 1792. Related: Clung; clinging.