- a group of bombs so arranged as to be released in a row across a target.
- the bomb load.
verb (used with object), sticked, stick·ing.
Origin of stick1
verb (used with object), stuck, stick·ing.
verb (used without object), stuck, stick·ing.
Origin of stick2
Synonyms for stick
Related Words for stickswedge, bat, cane, bar, wand, club, rod, baton, stalk, strip, slab, glue, linger, fix, stay, attach, remain, catch, hold, paste
Examples from the Web for sticks
Contemporary Examples of sticks
They played together, made spears from sticks and sharp rocks, chased chickens together.Drawing on the Memories of Syrian Women
November 26, 2014
Sticks and stones may break my bones / but chains and whips excite me.Whip It: Secrets of a Dominatrix
November 25, 2014
In the comic books, he sticks around at least until the group reaches the Alexandria Safe-Zone.The Walking Dead’s ‘Crossed’: The Stage Is Now Set for a Bloody, Deadly Midseason Finale
November 24, 2014
Saint Louis City police also spent $325,000 upgrading helmets, sticks and other civil disobedience equipment.Ferguson Tensions in Black and White
November 21, 2014
He sticks only to specifics—the dates of operations, the number of people killed on both sides, even the number of bullets fired.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley
Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman
November 15, 2014
Historical Examples of sticks
Phim sticks to it, too; tells me my peg is downright encouragement to the bacteria.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
I was too far to hear him, but the people broke out with a shower of sticks and stones.The Trail Book
And up the slope, brandishing their sticks, charged the town boys.The Boy Life of Napoleon
They made fire by the rubbing of sticks, shot poisoned arrows at game.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
"Sticks an' stones'll break my bones, but names'll never hurt me," he quoted at her.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
- any long thin piece of wood
- such a piece of wood having a characteristic shape for a special purposea walking stick; a hockey stick
- a baton, wand, staff, or rod
- a group of bombs arranged to fall at intervals across a target
- a number of paratroops jumping in sequence
- verbal abuse, criticismI got some stick for that blunder
- physical power, force (esp in the phrase give it some stick)
verb sticks, sticking or sticked
Word Origin for stick
verb sticks, sticking or stuck
Word Origin for stick
"rural place," 1905, from sticks in slang sense of "trees" (cf. backwoods). See stick (n.).
Old English sticca "rod, twig, spoon," from Proto-Germanic *stikkon- "pierce, prick" (cf. Old Norse stik, Old High German stehho, German Stecken "stick, staff"), from PIE *steig- "to stick; pointed" (see stick (v.)). Meaning "staff used in a game" is from 1670s (originally billiards); meaning "manual gearshift lever" first recorded 1914. Stick-ball is attested from 1824. Alliterative connection of sticks and stones is recorded from mid-15c.
Old English stician "to pierce, stab," also "to remain embedded, be fastened," from Proto-Germanic *stik- "pierce, prick, be sharp" (cf. Old Saxon stekan, Old Frisian steka, Dutch stecken, Old High German stehhan, German stechen "to stab, prick"), from PIE *steig- (cf. Latin in-stigare "to goad;" Greek stizein "to prick, puncture," stigma "mark made by a pointed instrument;" Old Persian tigra- "sharp, pointed;" Avestan tighri- "arrow;" Lithuanian stingu "to remain in place;" Russian stegati "to quilt").
Figurative sense of "to remain permanently in mind" is attested from c.1300. Transitive sense of "to fasten (something) in place" is attested from late 13c. Stick out "project" is recorded from 1560s. Slang stick around "remain" is from 1912; stick it as a rude bit of advice is first recorded 1922.
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
- 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.