[ stik-out ]
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  1. a person who is outstanding or conspicuous, usually for superior endowments, talents, etc.: Jimmy Brown is the stickout among running backs.

  1. outstanding; conspicuous: a stickout actor.

Origin of stickout

First recorded in 1840–50; noun, adj. use of verb phrase stick out Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use stickout in a sentence

  • That screech was so blamed genuwine I almost fergot to stick out my laig and trip Boston as he come by me.

    Alec Lloyd, Cowpuncher | Eleanor Gates
  • If this is done, the corners will not stick out when the cloth is finished.

    Elements of Plumbing | Samuel Dibble
  • And I shall stick out that he placards on them a notice, that they were shot by you—shot fair and clean, by God!

    Forging the Blades | Bertram Mitford
  • And the pussy cat was washing his face with his paws, taking care not to let the claws stick out for fear of scratching his eyes.

    Uncle Wiggily's Travels | Howard R. Garis
  • Then one of us must go down the opening yonder, wade along the passage, poke the stick out through the hole, and shout.

    Crown and Sceptre | George Manville Fenn

British Dictionary definitions for stick out

stick out

  1. to project or cause to project

  2. (tr) informal to endure (something disagreeable) (esp in the phrase stick it out)

  1. stick out a mile or stick out like a sore thumb informal to be extremely obvious

  2. stick out for (intr) to insist on (a demand), refusing to yield until it is met: the unions stuck out for a ten per cent wage rise

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Other Idioms and Phrases with stickout


Also, stick out a mile or like a sore thumb. Be very prominent or conspicuous, as in Dad's funny hat made him stick out in the crowd, or That purple house sticks out a mile, or John's lie sticks out like a sore thumb. The first term dates from the mid-1500s, the variants from the first half of the 1900s. The variant using thumb alludes to the propensity for holding an injured thumb stiffly, making it stand out (and thereby risking further injury).

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