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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. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of clingy

  • Over the years, Miss Piggy has been faulted for her clingy, seemingly obsessive relationship with Kermit the Frog.

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    Miss Piggy Leans In

    Erin Cunningham

    March 23, 2014

  • Vivian Salama on why Yemenis can't shake their clingy ex-president.

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    Abdullah Saleh: Yemen’s Unsackable Leader

    Vivian Salama

    February 25, 2013

  • If Karzai were a clingy ex, Obama could then change his phone number or, in the worst-case scenario, file a restraining order.

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    Is Saving Karzai Worth U.S. Lives?

    Reihan Salam

    November 12, 2009

  • Clad head to toe in clingy black fabrics—the top half of her sequined!

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    Zoe-ing, Zoe-ing, Gone!

    Choire Sicha

    September 16, 2009

  • So true to life that Googling “Aniston” and “clingy” returns over 23,000 results.

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    15 Love Lessons for Jen... from Jen

    Henry Seltzer

    February 11, 2009

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.

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    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