adjective, cling·i·er, cling·i·est.

apt to cling; adhesive or tenacious: a clingy fabric.

Origin of clingy

First recorded in 1700–10; cling1 + -y1
Related formscling·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper