For the verb: "to stick"
|Simple Past: ||stuck|
|Past Participle: ||stuck|
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
stick1 /stɪk/USA pronunciation
Botanya branch of a tree or shrub that has been cut or broken off.
a long, slender piece of wood, for use as fuel, in carpentry, as a wand, rod, etc.
British Terms[Chiefly Brit.]a walking stick or cane.
a long, slender piece or part of anything:a stick of celery.
Sportan implement used to strike and drive a ball or puck, as a hockey stick.
Informal Termsthe sticks, [plural],[Informal.]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 pronunciationstick•ing,n.
v. [~ + object]
to pierce or puncture with something pointed;
stab:He stuck the watermelon with a knife.
[~ + object] to thrust or push (something pointed) in, into, through, etc.:stuck pins into the pincushion.
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.
[~ + object] to fasten in position by or as if by something thrust through:to stick a painting on the wall.
[~ + object] to put on or hold with something pointed; impale:to stick a marshmallow on a fork.
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.
[~ + object] to place or set in a specified position; put:Stick the chair in the corner.
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.
[no object] to be unable to move:As soon as I put on my pants, the zipper stuck.
[~ + object + with + object][Informal.]to force (someone) to accept something disagreeable, such as a difficult task:I got stuck with the job of handling all the customer complaints.
[no object] to remain, esp. for a long time or permanently; persist:a fact that sticks in the mind.
stick around, [no object][Informal.]to wait in the same place or nearby;
linger:Stick around; I'll be right back.
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.
- 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.
See stick it out below.
stick to, [~ + to + object]
- [no object] to be easily noticed, as by being unusual:She sticks out in a crowd, perhaps because of her purple hair.
- 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.
- 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.
stick up, [~ + up + object][Informal.]to rob, esp. with a gun:They stuck up a bank and shot two guards.
stick up for, [~ + up + for + object] to speak in favor of; support:He always stuck up for his sister when people insulted her.
an act of pushing or thrusting with a pointed instrument;
- [no object] to stay loyal to one another:The two former Army buddies stuck together after the war.
a stab:a stick in the ribs.
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.
Idiomsstick to the or one's ribs, to be substantial, filling, and nourishing, as a hearty meal:This stew will stick to your ribs.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
stick /stɪk/ n
vb (sticks, sticking, sticked)
- a small thin branch of a tree
- any long thin piece of wood
- such a piece of wood having a characteristic shape for a special purpose: a walking stick, a hockey stick
- a baton, wand, staff, or rod
- an object or piece shaped like a stick: a stick of celery, a stick of dynamite
- informal the lever used to change gear in a motor vehicle
- a group of bombs arranged to fall at intervals across a target
- a number of paratroops jumping in sequence
- slang verbal abuse, criticism: I got some stick for that blunder
- physical power, force (esp in the phrase give it some stick)
- (usually plural) a piece of furniture: these few sticks are all I have
- (plural) informal a rural area considered remote or backward (esp in the phrase in the sticks)
- (plural) a declaration made by the umpire if a player's stick is above the shoulders
- (plural) goalposts
- US obsolete a cannabis cigarette
- a means of coercion
- informal a dull boring person
- (usually preceded by old) informal a familiar name for a person: not a bad old stick
- in a cleft stick ⇒ in a difficult position
- wrong end of the stick ⇒ a complete misunderstanding of a situation, explanation, etc
Etymology: Old English sticca; related to Old Norse stikka, Old High German stecca
- to support (a plant) with sticks; stake
stick /stɪk/ vb (sticks, sticking, stuck)
- (transitive) to pierce or stab with or as if with something pointed
- to thrust or push (a sharp or pointed object) or (of a sharp or pointed object) to be pushed into or through another object
- (transitive) to fasten in position by pushing or forcing a point into something: to stick a peg in a hole
- (transitive) to fasten in position by or as if by pins, nails, etc: to stick a picture on the wall
- (transitive) to transfix or impale on a pointed object
- (transitive) to cover with objects piercing or set in the surface
- 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
- (transitive) informal to place or put in a specified position: stick your coat on this chair
- to fasten or be fastened by or as if by an adhesive substance: stick the pages together, they won't stick
- (transitive) informal to cause to become sticky
- (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
- (intransitive) to remain for a long time: the memory sticks in my mind
- (transitive) slang chiefly Brit to tolerate; abide: I can't stick that man
- (intransitive) to be reluctant
- (tr; usually passive) informal to cause to be at a loss; baffle, puzzle, or confuse: I was totally stuck for an answer
- (transitive) slang to force or impose something unpleasant on: they stuck me with the bill for lunch
- (transitive) to kill by piercing or stabbing
- stick in one's throat, stick in one's craw ⇒ informal to be difficult, or against one's conscience, for one to accept, utter, or believe
- stick one's nose into ⇒
- stick to the ribs ⇒ informal (of food) to be hearty and satisfying
See also stick around
- the state or condition of adhering
- informal a substance causing adhesion
- obsolete something that causes delay or stoppage
, 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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