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adjective, cling·i·er, cling·i·est.
  1. apt to cling; adhesive or tenacious: a clingy fabric.
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Origin of clingy

First recorded in 1700–10; cling1 + -y1
Related formscling·i·ness, noun
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Related Words for clingy

gummy, sticky, retentive, pasty, adherent, holding, adhesive, clinging, fast, firm, fixed, inseparable, secure, set, tacky, tight, viscous, waxy, glutinous, mucilaginous

Examples from the Web for clingy

Contemporary Examples of clingy

Historical Examples of clingy

  • The stuff was spongy and sticky and clingy, and he had now sunk deep into it up to his stomach.

  • I hed a gown o' thet once: it was drefful kind o' clingy stuff.

    Mercy Philbrick's Choice

    Helen Hunt Jackson

  • And when he had made up his mind what to do he gritted his teeth and put both arms about the Clingy Thing.

    Princeton Stories

    Jesse Lynch Williams

  • She was as remote as the stars, he knew, yet a moment before he had felt her soft, clingy scarf blowing against his face.

    God's Green Country

    Ethel M. Chapman

Word Origin and History for clingy


1680s, of things, from cling + -y (2). Of persons (especially children) from 1969, though the image of a "clingy vine" in a relationship goes back to 1896. Related: Clinginess.

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