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adjective, glu·i·er, glu·i·est.
  1. like glue; viscid; sticky.
  2. full of or smeared with glue.
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Origin of gluey

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at glue, -y1
Related formsglu·ey·ness, noun
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Related Words for gluey

tacky, viscous, syrupy, slimy, gooey, soft, adhesive, thick, tough, stiff, gelatinous, starchy, glutinous, mucilaginous, doughy, gluey, clinging, tenacious, viscid, agglutinative

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).

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