[ stik-ee ]
/ ˈstɪk i /
adjective, stick·i·er, stick·i·est.
having the property of adhering, as glue; adhesive.
covered with adhesive or viscid matter: sticky hands.
(of the weather or climate) hot and humid: It was an unbearably sticky day.
requiring careful treatment; awkwardly difficult: a rather sticky diplomatic problem; Breaking the news is going to be sticky.
Informal. unpleasant; unfortunate; nasty: The villain of the story meets a sticky end.
noun, plural stick·ies.
one of a number of small sheets of paper on a pad, each having an adhesive backing that allows it to be positioned and repositioned on smooth surfaces.
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OTHER WORDS FROM stickystick·i·ly, adverbstick·i·ness, nounnon·stick·y, adjectiveun·stick·y, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for non-sticky
/ (ˈstɪkɪ) /
adjective stickier or stickiest
covered or daubed with an adhesive or viscous substancesticky fingers
having the property of sticking to a surface
(of weather or atmosphere) warm and humid; muggy
(of prices) tending not to fall in deflationary conditions
informal difficult, awkward, or painfula sticky business
US informal sentimental
(of a website) encouraging users to visit repeatedly
verb stickies, stickying or stickied
(tr) informal to make sticky
noun plural stickies Australian informal
short for stickybeak
an inquisitive look or stare (esp in the phrase have a sticky at)
Derived forms of stickystickily, adverbstickiness, noun
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