- 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 stuckfastened, fast, cemented, lost, grounded, dumbfounded, confounded, puzzled, baffled, perplexed, frozen, caught, joined, stumped, adhered, fixed, mired, stymied
Examples from the Web for stuck
Contemporary Examples of stuck
Within minutes, it seems, of the disclosures of these tragic events, large numbers of people chose a side and stuck to it.In 2015, Let’s Try for More Compassion
January 4, 2015
What stuck in my mind were the two supporting actors, Gloria Grahame and Lee Marvin.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
Occasionally a pamphlet for a salsa class might be tossed on a doorstop or stuck on a pole near a bus stop.Iran’s Becoming a Footloose Nation as Dance Lessons Spread
January 2, 2015
As the rest of the country changed, Atlantic City seemed to be stuck in the past, and tourism eventually died off.I Watched a Casino Kill Itself: The Awful Last Nights of Atlantic City’s Taj Mahal
December 8, 2014
Are we all so stuck in our roles that when a given issue comes up, we just default to type?The St. Louis Rams Enter the Ferguson Fray
December 1, 2014
Historical Examples of stuck
There he stuck, and it stood to reason that he could not win.Way of the Lawless
Her fingers were stiff, but so was her will: the way she stuck to her work was pathetic.Weighed and Wanting
As he clapped his legs to the horse's back he stuck his knife into the Potawatami.The Trail Book
Didn't he break Fisher-didn't he break every other man that ever stuck to him?
If he were as clever as he is honest, he wouldn't have been stuck with a horse like Lauzanne.
- to perform (a task) with determination
- to attack (a person) verbally or physically
- 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
"unable to go any further," 1885, from past participle of stick (v.). Colloquial stuck-up "assuming an unjustified air of superiority" is recorded from 1829.
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.