[ stik-er ]
See synonyms for sticker on
  1. a person or thing that sticks.

  2. an adhesive label.

  1. Informal. sticker price.

  2. something, as a problem or riddle, that puzzles or nonpluses one.

  3. Slang. a knife, especially one used as a weapon by a criminal.

  4. a worker who kills animals in a slaughterhouse by piercing the jugular vein with a pointed instrument.

  5. a bur, thorn, or the like.

  1. of or relating to the sticker price of an automobile: Customers are experiencing sticker shock at the high price of new cars.

verb (used with object)
  1. to place a sticker on.

Origin of sticker

First recorded in 1575–85; stick2 + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use sticker in a sentence

  • Before six in the morning bands of bill stickers, hired for the occasion, posted them up all over Paris.

  • Watchers hooded in yellow stickers patrolled the narrow jetties or, motionless, studied the eddies boiling at their feet.

    The Daughter of a Magnate | Frank H. Spearman
  • Trennahan elevated one foot to a massive stone and plucked the "stickers" from his trousers.

    The Californians | Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
  • "Three-stickers don't usually luff very long when they're hailed by punts," grunted the old skipper.

  • But—they were all fighters, stickers, men with some grit (they got more as they went on), and men with a love of adventure.

    Australia in Arms | Phillip F.E. Schuler

British Dictionary definitions for sticker


/ (ˈstɪkə) /

  1. an adhesive label, poster, or paper

  2. a person or thing that sticks

  1. a persevering or industrious person

  2. something prickly, such as a thorn, that clings to one's clothing, etc

  3. informal something that perplexes

  4. informal a knife used for stabbing or piercing

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