adjective, glu·i·er, glu·i·est.

like glue; viscid; sticky.
full of or smeared with glue.

Origin of gluey

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at glue, -y1
Related formsglu·ey·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for gluey

Contemporary Examples of gluey

Historical Examples of gluey

  • They had eaten all the cookies but one, which got wet and dissolved in a gluey paste.

    Chicken Little Jane

    Lily Munsell Ritchie

  • The road was not miry, but gluey, and reluctant, and wearisome to the tread.

    The Entail

    John Galt

  • Sudden, thunderous outpourings of acidulous and gluey fluid.

    After the Rain

    Sam Vaknin

  • Sicilian is gluey and evasive, as if the Sicilian didn't want to speak straight to you.

    Sea and Sardinia

    D. H. Lawrence

  • Instead of grasping the tin, my fingers closed on a sticky, gluey mass.

Word Origin and History for gluey

late 14c., from glue (n.) + -y (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper