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For the verb: "to stick"

Simple Past: stuck
Past Participle: stuck

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
stick1 /stɪk/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Botanya branch of a tree or shrub that has been cut or broken off.
  2. a long, slender piece of wood, for use as fuel, in carpentry, as a wand, rod, etc.
  3. British Terms[Chiefly Brit.]a walking stick or cane.
  4. a long, slender piece or part of anything:a stick of celery.
  5. Sportan implement used to strike and drive a ball or puck, as a hockey stick.
  6. Informal Termsthe sticks, [plural],any region or place distant from cities or towns;
    the country:He thought a move to the sticks would relax him.

stick2 /stɪk/USA pronunciation   v.,  stuck/stʌk/USA pronunciation  stick•ing, n. 
v. [+ object]
  1. to pierce or puncture with something pointed;
    stab:He stuck the watermelon with a knife.
  2. to thrust or push (something pointed) in, into, through, etc.:[+ object]stuck pins into the pincushion.
  3. to (cause to) be fastened in position by pushing a point or end into something: [+ object]to stick a peg in a pegboard.[no object]The arrow stuck in the tree.
  4. to fasten in position by or as if by something thrust through:[+ object]to stick a painting on the wall.
  5. to put on or hold with something pointed;
    impale:[+ object]to stick a marshmallow on a fork.
  6. to thrust or poke into a place indicated: [+ object]The dog liked to stick his head out the car window.[no object]The dog's head stuck out the car window.
  7. to place or set in a specified position;
    put:[+ object]Stick the chair in the corner.
  8. to (cause to) be fastened or attached;
    adhere: [+ object]to stick a stamp on a letter.[no object;  (~ + to + object)]The stamp won't stick to the letter.
  9. to be unable to move:[no object]As soon as I put on my pants, the zipper stuck.
  10. [Informal.]to force (someone) to accept something disagreeable, such as a difficult task:[+ object + with + object]I got stuck with the job of handling all the customer complaints.
  11. to remain, esp. for a long time or permanently;
    persist:[no object]a fact that sticks in the mind.
  12. stick around, [no object][Informal.]to wait in the same place or nearby;
    linger:Stick around; I'll be right back.
  13. stick by or to, [+ by/to + object] to remain loyal, esp. during difficulties:Her husband stuck by her, even in times when she didn't have a job.
  14. stick out:  to (cause to) be pushed out;
    extend out: [no object]His ears stuck out.[+ object + out]She stuck her tongue out at the teacher.[+ out + object]She stuck out her tongue at the teacher.
    [no object] to be easily noticed, as by being unusual:She sticks out in a crowd, perhaps because of her purple hair.See stick it out below.
  15. stick to, [+ to + object]
    • to remain firm in one's opinion, in keeping to one's task, etc.:He stuck to it and eventually finished the job.
    • Also,  stick with. to continue with something and not turn away in a new direction:Stick to your original plans.
  16. stick together: 
    • to (cause to) be fastened or attached;
      adhere: [no object]After you glue them the pieces will stick together.[+ object + together]He stuck the pieces together with glue.
    • [no object] to stay loyal to one another:The two former Army buddies stuck together after the war.
  17. stick up, [+ up + object][Informal.]to rob, esp. with a gun:They stuck up a bank and shot two guards.
  18. stick up for, [+ up + for + object] to speak in favor of;
    support:He always stuck up for his sister when people insulted her.

n. [countable]
  1. an act of pushing or thrusting with a pointed instrument;
    a stab:a stick in the ribs.
Idioms
  1. Idiomsstick it out, [no object] to endure something patiently to the end;
    persevere:Finishing college seemed to take forever, but he stuck it out and got his diploma.
  2. Idiomsstick to the or one's ribs, to be substantial, filling, and nourishing, as a hearty meal:This stew will stick to your ribs.


WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
stick1  (stik),USA pronunciation n., v.,  sticked, stick•ing. 
n. 
  1. Botanya branch or shoot of a tree or shrub that has been cut or broken off.
  2. a relatively long and slender piece of wood.
  3. a long piece of wood for use as fuel, in carpentry, etc.
  4. a rod or wand.
  5. a baton.
  6. British Terms[Chiefly Brit.]a walking stick or cane.
  7. a club or cudgel.
  8. something that serves to goad or coerce:The threat of unemployment was the stick that kept the workers toiling overtime.Cf.  carrot (def. 3).
  9. a long, slender piece or part of anything:a stick of candy; sticks of celery.
  10. any of four equal parts in a pound of butter or margarine.
  11. Sportan implement used to drive or propel a ball or puck, as a crosse or a hockey stick.
  12. Aeronauticsa lever, usually with a handle, by which the longitudinal and lateral motions of an airplane are controlled.
  13. Nautical, Naval Termsa mast or spar.
  14. PrintingSee  composing stick. 
  15. Informal Termsthe sticks, any region distant from cities or towns, as rural districts;
    the country:Having lived in a large city all his life, he found it hard to adjust to the sticks.
  16. [Mil.]
    • Militarya group of bombs so arranged as to be released in a row across a target.
    • Militarythe bomb load.
  17. Informal Terms, AutomotiveSee  stick shift. 
  18. Slang Termsa marijuana cigarette.
  19. Informal Termsan unenthusiastic or uninteresting person.
  20. Informal Termsa portion of liquor, as brandy, added to a nonalcoholic drink.
  21. Slang Termsshort or dirty end of the stick, the least desirable assignment, decision, or part of an arrangement.

v.t. 
  1. to furnish (a plant, vine, etc.) with a stick or sticks in order to prop or support.
  2. Printingto set (type) in a composing stick.
stickless, adj. 
sticklike′, adj. 
  • bef. 1000; Middle English stikke, Old English sticca; akin to Old High German stehho, Old Norse stik stick; akin to stick2

stick2  (stik),USA pronunciation v.,  stuck, stick•ing, n. 
v.t. 
  1. to pierce or puncture with something pointed, as a pin, dagger, or spear;
    stab:to stick one's finger with a needle.
  2. to kill by this means:to stick a pig.
  3. to thrust (something pointed) in, into, through, etc.:to stick a needle into a pincushion.
  4. to fasten in position by thrusting a point or end into something:to stick a peg in a pegboard.
  5. to fasten in position by or as if by something thrust through:to stick a painting on the wall.
  6. to put on or hold with something pointed;
    impale:to stick a marshmallow on a fork.
  7. to decorate or furnish with things piercing the surface:to stick a cushion full of pins.
  8. to furnish or adorn with things attached or set here and there:to stick shelves full of knickknacks.
  9. to place upon a stick or pin for exhibit:to stick butterflies.
  10. to thrust or poke into a place or position indicated:to stick one's head out of the window.
  11. to place or set in a specified position;
    put:Stick the chair in the corner.
  12. to fasten or attach by causing to adhere:to stick a stamp on a letter.
  13. to bring to a standstill;
    render unable to proceed or go back (usually used in the passive):The car was stuck in the mud.
  14. [Carpentry.]to start (a nail).
  15. [Ceram.]to join (pieces of partially hardened clay) together, using slip as an adhesive.
  16. [Chiefly Brit. Informal.]to tolerate;
    endure:He couldn't stick the job more than three days.
  17. to confuse or puzzle;
    bewilder;
    perplex;
    nonplus:He was stuck by the very first problem on the test.
  18. [Informal.]to impose something disagreeable upon (a person or persons), as a large bill or a difficult task:The committee persistently stuck him with fund collection.
  19. [Informal.]to cheat.
  20. [Slang](often vulgar). to go to hell with: often used imperatively.

v.i. 
  1. to have the point piercing or embedded in something:The arrow stuck in the tree.
  2. to remain attached by adhesion.
  3. to hold, cleave, or cling:The young rider stuck to the back of his terrified horse.
  4. to remain persistently or permanently:a fact that sticks in the mind.
  5. to remain firm, as in resolution, opinion, statement, or attachment;
    hold faithfully, as to a promise or bargain.
  6. to keep or remain steadily or unremittingly, as to a task, undertaking, or the like:to stick to a job until it is finished.
  7. to become fastened, hindered, checked, or stationary by some obstruction:Her zipper stuck halfway up.
  8. to be at a standstill, as from difficulties:I'm stuck on this problem.
  9. to be embarrassed or puzzled;
    hesitate or scruple (usually fol. by at).
  10. to be thrust or placed so as to extend, project, or protrude (usually fol. by through, from, out, up, etc.).
  11. stick around, [Informal.]to wait in the vicinity;
    linger:If you had stuck around, you'd have seen the fireworks.
  12. stick by or  to, to maintain one's attachment or loyalty to;
    remain faithful to:They vowed to stick by one another no matter what happened.
  13. stick it, [Slang](often vulgar). See  shove 1 (def. 5).
  14. stick it to (someone), [Slang.]to take advantage of;
    treat unfairly.
  15. stick it out, to endure something patiently to the end or its completion:It was a long, dusty trip but we stuck it out.
  16. stick it up your or  one's ass, [Slang](vulgar). See  shove 1 (def. 6).
  17. stick one's neck out. See  neck (def. 20).
  18. stick out, to extend;
    protrude:Stick out your tongue. Your shirttail is sticking out.
  19. stick to one's guns. See  gun 1 (def. 11).
  20. stick to the or  one's ribs, to be substantial and nourishing, as a hearty meal:Hot cereal sticks to your ribs on those cold winter mornings.
  21. stick up, [Informal.]to rob, esp. at gunpoint:A lone gunman stuck up the gas station.
  22. stick up for, to speak in favor of;
    come to the defense of;
    support:She always sticks up for him, even though he doesn't deserve it.

n. 
  1. a thrust with a pointed instrument;
    stab.
  2. a stoppage or standstill.
  3. something causing delay or difficulty.
  4. the quality of adhering or of causing things to adhere.
  5. something causing adhesion.
sticka•ble, adj. 
stick′a•bili•ty n. 
  • bef. 900; Middle English stiken, Old English stician to pierce, thrust; akin to German stechen to sting, Latin -stīg- in instīgāre (see instigate), Greek stízein (see stigma)
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged penetrate, spear.
    • 6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged transfix.
    • 9.See corresponding entry in Unabridged pin.
    • 12.See corresponding entry in Unabridged glue, cement, paste.
    • 22.See corresponding entry in Unabridged 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.
    • 29.See corresponding entry in Unabridged stickle, waver, doubt.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

stick /stɪk/ n
  1. a small thin branch of a tree
  2. any long thin piece of wood
  3. such a piece of wood having a characteristic shape for a special purpose: a walking stick, a hockey stick
  4. a baton, wand, staff, or rod
  5. an object or piece shaped like a stick: a stick of celery, a stick of dynamite
  6. informal the lever used to change gear in a motor vehicle
  7. a group of bombs arranged to fall at intervals across a target
  8. a number of paratroops jumping in sequence
  9. slang verbal abuse, criticism: I got some stick for that blunder
  10. physical power, force (esp in the phrase give it some stick)
  11. (usually plural) a piece of furniture: these few sticks are all I have
  12. (plural) informal a rural area considered remote or backward (esp in the phrase in the sticks)
  13. (plural) a declaration made by the umpire if a player's stick is above the shoulders
  14. (plural) goalposts
  15. US obsolete a cannabis cigarette
  16. a means of coercion
  17. informal a dull boring person
  18. (usually preceded by old) informal a familiar name for a person: not a bad old stick
  19. in a cleft stickin a difficult position
  20. wrong end of the sticka complete misunderstanding of a situation, explanation, etc
vb (sticks, sticking, sticked)
  1. to support (a plant) with sticks; stake
Etymology: Old English sticca; related to Old Norse stikka, Old High German stecca
stick /stɪk/ vb (sticks, sticking, stuck)
  1. (transitive) to pierce or stab with or as if with something pointed
  2. to thrust or push (a sharp or pointed object) or (of a sharp or pointed object) to be pushed into or through another object
  3. (transitive) to fasten in position by pushing or forcing a point into something: to stick a peg in a hole
  4. (transitive) to fasten in position by or as if by pins, nails, etc: to stick a picture on the wall
  5. (transitive) to transfix or impale on a pointed object
  6. (transitive) to cover with objects piercing or set in the surface
  7. when intr, followed by out, up, through, etc: to put forward or be put forward; protrude or cause to protrude: to stick one's head out of the window
  8. (transitive) informal to place or put in a specified position: stick your coat on this chair
  9. to fasten or be fastened by or as if by an adhesive substance: stick the pages together, they won't stick
  10. (transitive) informal to cause to become sticky
  11. (when tr, usually passive) to come or cause to come to a standstill: we were stuck for hours in a traffic jam, the wheels stuck
  12. (intransitive) to remain for a long time: the memory sticks in my mind
  13. (transitive) slang chiefly Brit to tolerate; abide: I can't stick that man
  14. (intransitive) to be reluctant
  15. (tr; usually passive) informal to cause to be at a loss; baffle, puzzle, or confuse: I was totally stuck for an answer
  16. (transitive) slang to force or impose something unpleasant on: they stuck me with the bill for lunch
  17. (transitive) to kill by piercing or stabbing
  18. stick in one's throat, stick in one's crawinformal to be difficult, or against one's conscience, for one to accept, utter, or believe
  19. stick one's nose into
  20. stick to the ribsinformal (of food) to be hearty and satisfying
n
  1. the state or condition of adhering
  2. informal a substance causing adhesion
  3. obsolete something that causes delay or stoppage

See also stick around, stick byEtymology: Old English stician; related to Old High German stehhan to sting, Old Norse steikja to roast on a spit



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