to pierce or puncture with something pointed; stab:He stuck the watermelon with a knife.
to thrust or push (something pointed) in, into, through, etc.:[~ + object]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.
to fasten in position by or as if by something thrust through:[~ + object]to stick a painting on the wall.
to put on or hold with something pointed; impale:[~ + object]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.
to place or set in a specified position; put:[~ + object]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.
to be unable to move:[no object]As soon as I put on my pants, the zipper stuck.
[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.
to remain, esp. for a long time or permanently; persist:[no object]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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
to pierce or puncture with something pointed, as a pin, dagger, or spear; stab:to stick one's finger with a needle.
to kill by this means:to stick a pig.
to thrust (something pointed) in, into, through, etc.:to stick a needle into a pincushion.
to fasten in position by thrusting a point or end into something:to stick a peg in a pegboard.
to fasten in position by or as if by something thrust through:to stick a painting on the wall.
to put on or hold with something pointed; impale:to stick a marshmallow on a fork.
to decorate or furnish with things piercing the surface:to stick a cushion full of pins.
to furnish or adorn with things attached or set here and there:to stick shelves full of knickknacks.
to place upon a stick or pin for exhibit:to stick butterflies.
to thrust or poke into a place or position indicated:to stick one's head out of the window.
to place or set in a specified position; put:Stick the chair in the corner.
to fasten or attach by causing to adhere:to stick a stamp on a letter.
to bring to a standstill; render unable to proceed or go back (usually used in the passive):The car was stuck in the mud.
[Carpentry.]to start (a nail).
[Ceram.]to join (pieces of partially hardened clay) together, using slip as an adhesive.
[Chiefly Brit. Informal.]to tolerate; endure:He couldn't stick the job more than three days.
to confuse or puzzle; bewilder; perplex; nonplus:He was stuck by the very first problem on the test.
[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.
[Slang](often vulgar). to go to hell with: often used imperatively.
to have the point piercing or embedded in something:The arrow stuck in the tree.
to remain attached by adhesion.
to hold, cleave, or cling:The young rider stuck to the back of his terrified horse.
to remain persistently or permanently:a fact that sticks in the mind.
to remain firm, as in resolution, opinion, statement, or attachment; hold faithfully, as to a promise or bargain.
to keep or remain steadily or unremittingly, as to a task, undertaking, or the like:to stick to a job until it is finished.
to become fastened, hindered, checked, or stationary by some obstruction:Her zipper stuck halfway up.
to be at a standstill, as from difficulties:I'm stuck on this problem.
to be embarrassed or puzzled; hesitate or scruple (usually fol. by at).
to be thrust or placed so as to extend, project, or protrude (usually fol. by through, from, out, up, etc.).
stick around,[Informal.]to wait in the vicinity; linger:If you had stuck around, you'd have seen the fireworks.
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.
stick it,[Slang](often vulgar). See shove1 (def. 5).
stick it to (someone),[Slang.]to take advantage of; treat unfairly.
stick it out, to endure something patiently to the end or its completion:It was a long, dusty trip but we stuck it out.
stick it up your or one's ass,[Slang](vulgar). See shove1 (def. 6).
stick one's neck out. See neck (def. 20).
stick out, to extend; protrude:Stick out your tongue. Your shirttail is sticking out.
stick to one's guns. See gun1 (def. 11).
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.
stick up,[Informal.]to rob, esp. at gunpoint:A lone gunman stuck up the gas station.
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.
a thrust with a pointed instrument; stab.
a stoppage or standstill.
something causing delay or difficulty.
the quality of adhering or of causing things to adhere.
something causing adhesion.
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 UnabridgedStick,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.