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[ 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.
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Idioms about stick

    short / dirty end of the stick, Slang. the least desirable assignment, decision, or part of an arrangement.

Origin of stick

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First recorded before 1000; Middle English stikke, stike, Old English sticca “stick, peg, spoon”; akin to Old High German stehho, Old Norse stik “stick”; akin to stick2

OTHER WORDS FROM stick

stickless, adjectivesticklike, adjective

Other definitions for stick (2 of 2)

Origin of stick

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First recorded before 900; Middle English stiken, stikken, Old English stician “to pierce, thrust”; akin to German stechen “to sting,” Latin -stīg- in instīgāre “to urge, incite,” Greek stízein “to stitch, tattoo, brand”; see also stigma, stitch

synonym study for stick

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.

OTHER WORDS FROM stick

stick·a·ble, adjectivestick·a·bil·i·ty, nounre·stick·a·ble, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for stick (1 of 2)

stick1
/ (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

British Dictionary definitions for stick (2 of 2)

stick2
/ (stɪk) /

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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