- a person who behaves in a helpless and dependent manner in relationships with others.
Origin of clinging vine
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A man instinctively is drawn to the clinging-vine type of female.Cobb's Bill-of-Fare
Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
They are a wonderfully level-headed group, these telephone girls, wonderfully unlike their clinging-vine Victorian grandmothers.The Book of Business Etiquette
She looked as if she could be very intense, though she was of that clinging-vine variety of young woman.Nothing But the Truth
Frederic S. Isham
We used that word at Gresham to describe the girls who have a leaning, clinging-vine way of flopping on you.Back at School with the Tucker Twins
That little subdued, clinging-vine air she has 191 is most appealing to his type.Penny of Top Hill Trail
Belle Kanaris Maniates
- US and Canadian informal a woman who displays excessive emotional dependence on a man
An overly dependent person, as in A clinging vine since her marriage, she's never made a decision on her own. Nearly always applied to a woman (or wife), this metaphor for a climbing plant today criticizes dependency rather than, as in former times, praising the vine's fruitfulness.