sticky

[ stik-ee ]
/ ˈstɪk i /
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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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Origin of sticky

1720–30; 1910–15 for def. 4; stick2 + -y1

OTHER WORDS FROM sticky

stick·i·ly, adverbstick·i·ness, nounnon·stick·y, adjectiveun·stick·y, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for sticky

sticky
/ (ˈstɪkɪ) /

adjective stickier or stickiest

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 sticky

stickily, adverbstickiness, noun
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