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

Origin of stick

2
before 900; Middle English stiken, Old English stician to pierce, thrust; akin to German stechen to sting, Latin -stīg- in instīgāre (see instigate), Greek stízein (see stigma)

SYNONYMS FOR stick
1. penetrate, spear. 6. transfix. 9. pin. 12. glue, cement, paste. 22. Stick, adhere, cohere mean to cling to or be tightly attached to something. Adhere implies that one kind of material clings tenaciously to another; cohere adds the idea that a thing is attracted to and held by something like itself: Particles of sealing wax cohere and form a mass that will adhere to tin. Stick, a more colloquial and general term, is used particularly when a third kind of material is involved: A gummed label will stick to a package. 29. stickle, waver, doubt.

Related formsstick·a·ble, adjectivestick·a·bil·i·ty, nounre·stick·a·ble, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for stick

stick

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/ (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

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 stick
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Idioms and Phrases with 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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