stick

1
[ stik ]
/ stɪk /
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noun

verb (used with object), sticked, stick·ing.

to furnish (a plant, vine, etc.) with a stick or sticks in order to prop or support.
Printing. to set (type) in a composing stick.

Nearby words

  1. stichic,
  2. stichometric,
  3. stichometry,
  4. stichomythia,
  5. stichomythy,
  6. stick around,
  7. stick at,
  8. stick by,
  9. stick down,
  10. stick figure

Idioms

    short/dirty end of the stick, Slang. the least desirable assignment, decision, or part of an arrangement.

Origin of stick

1
before 1000; Middle English stikke, Old English sticca; akin to Old High German stehho, Old Norse stik stick; akin to stick2

Related formsstick·less, adjectivestick·like, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for short end of the stick

stick

1
/ (stɪk) /

noun

verb sticks, sticking or sticked

to support (a plant) with sticks; stake

Word Origin for stick

Old English sticca; related to Old Norse stikka, Old High German stecca

stick

2
/ (stɪk) /

verb sticks, sticking or stuck

noun


Word Origin for stick

Old English stician; related to Old High German stehhan to sting, Old Norse steikja to roast on a spit

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Word Origin and History for short end of the stick
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Idioms and Phrases with short end of the stick

stick

In addition to the idioms beginning with stick

  • stick around
  • stick at
  • stick by
  • stick in one's craw
  • stick it
  • stick it to someone
  • stick one's neck out
  • stick out
  • stick to
  • stick together
  • stick to one's guns
  • stick to one's last
  • stick to the ribs
  • stick up
  • stick up for
  • stick with
  • sticky fingers

also see:

  • carrot and stick
  • get on the stick
  • make stick
  • more than one can shake a stick at
  • short end of the stick
  • stand (stick) up for
  • wrong end of the stick

Also see understuck.

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