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clingy

[ kling-ee ]
/ ˈklɪŋ i /
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adjective, cling·i·er, cling·i·est.

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

RELATED WORDS

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

Nearby words

clingfilm, clingfish, clinging vine, clingmans dome, clingstone, clingy, clinic, clinical, clinical depression, clinical diagnosis, clinical genetics

Origin of clingy

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

clingy


adj.

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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