WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
stick•y /ˈstɪki/USA pronunciation
adj., -i•er, -i•est. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
stick•i•ness, n. [uncountable]
- being able to stick to other things, as glue;
- covered with matter that sticks easily to other things.
- (of the weather or climate) hot and humid:a sticky day in the tropics.
- requiring careful treatment:a sticky problem.
(stik′ē),USA pronunciation adj., stick•i•er, stick•i•est.
- having the property of adhering, as glue;
- 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.
nasty:The villain of the story meets a sticky end.
- 1720–30; 1910–15 for def. 4; stick2 + -y1
- 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged muggy, sultry, damp, steamy.
+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)
vb (stickies, stickying, stickied)
- covered or daubed with an adhesive or viscous substance: sticky fingers
- having the property of sticking to a surface
- (of weather or atmosphere) warm and humid; muggy
- informal difficult, awkward, or painful: a sticky business
- (of a website) encouraging users to visit repeatedly
ˈstickily adv ˈstickiness n
- (transitive) informal to make sticky
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