WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
stick•y /ˈstɪki/USA pronunciation   adj.,  -i•er, -i•est. 
  1. being able to stick to other things, as glue;
    adhesive.
  2. covered with matter that sticks easily to other things.
  3. (of the weather or climate) hot and humid:a sticky day in the tropics.
  4. requiring careful treatment:a sticky problem.
stick•i•ness, n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
stick•y  (stikē),USA pronunciation adj.,  stick•i•er, stick•i•est. 
  1. having the property of adhering, as glue;
    adhesive.
  2. covered with adhesive or viscid matter:sticky hands.
  3. (of the weather or climate) hot and humid:It was an unbearably sticky day.
  4. requiring careful treatment;
    awkwardly difficult:a rather sticky diplomatic problem; Breaking the news is going to be sticky.
  5. [Informal.]unpleasant;
    unfortunate;
    nasty:The villain of the story meets a sticky end.
sticki•ly, adv. 
sticki•ness, n. 
  • 1720–30; 1910–15 for def. 4; stick2 + -y1
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged muggy, sultry, damp, steamy.

sticky +n., pl.  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.


  • Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    sticky /ˈstɪkɪ/ adj (stickier, stickiest)
    1. covered or daubed with an adhesive or viscous substance: sticky fingers
    2. having the property of sticking to a surface
    3. (of weather or atmosphere) warm and humid; muggy
    4. informal difficult, awkward, or painful: a sticky business
    5. (of a website) encouraging users to visit repeatedly
    vb (stickies, stickying, stickied)
    1. (transitive) informal to make sticky

    ˈstickily adv ˈstickiness n



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