- 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.
- 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.
Origin of sticky
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Examples from the Web for stickiness
Knead this dough until it is soft and elastic, and free from stickiness.Sandwiches
Sarah Tyson Heston Rorer
He felt the stickiness, but the red blood was not welling out.The Memory of Mars
Raymond F. Jones
This prevents the stickiness sometimes so annoying in ironing.
There is a peculiar sort of stickiness about college marriages.At Good Old Siwash
The sun had come out, and the frosty ruts had softened to stickiness.The Copperhead
- covered or daubed with an adhesive or viscous substancesticky fingers
- having the property of sticking to a surface
- (of weather or atmosphere) warm and humid; muggy
- (of prices) tending not to fall in deflationary conditions
- informal difficult, awkward, or painfula sticky business
- US informal sentimental
- (of a website) encouraging users to visit repeatedly
- (tr) informal to make sticky
- short for stickybeak
- an inquisitive look or stare (esp in the phrase have a sticky at)
Word Origin and History for stickiness
1727, "adhesive," from stick (v.). An Old English word for this was clibbor. First recorded 1864 in the sense of "sentimental;" 1915 with the meaning "difficult." Of weather, "hot and humid," from 1895. Sticky wicket is 1952, from British slang, in reference to cricket.