noun an implement consisting of a length of wood
- he collected dry sticks for a campfire
- the kid had a candied apple on a stick
noun a small thin branch of a tree
noun a lever used by a pilot to control the ailerons and elevators of an airplane
joystick; control stick.
noun a rectangular quarter pound block of butter or margarine
noun informal terms for the leg
- fever left him weak on his sticks
noun a long implement (usually made of wood) that is shaped so that hockey or polo players can hit a puck or ball
noun a long thin implement resembling a length of wood
- cinnamon sticks
- a stick of dynamite
noun marijuana leaves rolled into a cigarette for smoking
joint; spliff; reefer; marijuana cigarette.
noun threat of a penalty
- the policy so far is all stick and no carrot
verb put, fix, force, or implant
lodge; wedge; deposit.
- lodge a bullet in the table
- stick your thumb in the crack
verb stay put (in a certain place); we are not moving to Cincinnati"
stick around; stay put; stay.
- We are staying in Detroit
- Stay put in the corner here!
- Stick around and you will learn something!
verb stick to firmly
bind; stick to; hold fast; adhere; bond.
- Will this wallpaper adhere to the wall?
verb be or become fixed
- The door sticks--we will have to plane it
- The label stuck to her for the rest of her life
verb be a devoted follower or supporter
- The residents of this village adhered to Catholicism
- She sticks to her principles
verb be loyal to
stick by; stand by; adhere.
- She stood by her husband in times of trouble
- The friends stuck together through the war
verb cover and decorate with objects that pierce the surface
- stick some feathers in the turkey before you serve it
verb fasten with an adhesive material like glue
- stick the poster onto the wall
verb fasten with or as with pins or nails
- stick the photo onto the corkboard
verb fasten into place by fixing an end or point into something
- stick the corner of the sheet under the mattress
verb pierce with a thrust using a pointed instrument
- he stuck the cloth with the needle
verb pierce or penetrate or puncture with something pointed
- He stuck the needle into his finger
verb come or be in close contact with; stick or hold together and resist separation
cohere; cleave; cling; adhere.
- The dress clings to her body
- The label stuck to the box
- The sushi rice grains cohere
verb saddle with something disagreeable or disadvantageous
- They stuck me with the dinner bill
- I was stung with a huge tax bill
verb be a mystery or bewildering to
mystify; perplex; bewilder; get; beat; puzzle; pose; amaze; vex; baffle; flummox; stupefy; gravel; nonplus; dumbfound.
- This beats me!
- Got me--I don't know the answer!
- a vexing problem
- This question really stuck me
, AS. sticca
; akin to stician
to stab, prick, pierce, G. stecken
a stick, staff, OHG. steccho
, Icel. stik
a stick. See Stick
, v. t.
- A small shoot, or branch, separated, as by a cutting, from a tree or shrub; also, any stem or branch of a tree, of any size, cut for fuel or timber.
Withered sticks to gather, which might serve
Against a winter's day.
- Any long and comparatively slender piece of wood, whether in natural form or shaped with tools; a rod; a wand; a staff; as, the stick of a rocket; a walking stick.
- Anything shaped like a stick; as, a stick of wax.
- A derogatory expression for a person; one who is inert or stupid; as, an odd stick; a poor stick. Colloq.
- (Print.) A composing stick. See under Composing. It is usually a frame of metal, but for posters, handbills, etc., one made of wood is used.
- A thrust with a pointed instrument; a stab.
Stick transitive verb
, v.t. & i., combined with steken
, whence E. stuck
), AS. stician
, v.t. & i., and (assumed) stecan
, v.t.; akin to OFries. steka
, OS. stekan
, OHG. stehhan
, G. stechen
, and to Gr. to prick, Skr. tij
to be sharp. Cf. Distinguish
in sewing, Style
for or in writing.
imperfect & past participle Stuck (obsolete Sticked ); present participle & verbal noun Sticking
- To penetrate with a pointed instrument; to pierce; to stab; hence, to kill by piercing; as, to stick a beast.
And sticked him with bodkins anon.
It was a shame . . . to stick him under the other gentleman's arm while he was redding the fray.
Sir W. Scott.
- To cause to penetrate; to push, thrust, or drive, so as to pierce; as, to stick a needle into one's finger.
Thou stickest a dagger in me.
- To fasten, attach, or cause to remain, by thrusting in; hence, also, to adorn or deck with things fastened on as by piercing; as, to stick a pin on the sleeve.
My shroud of white, stuck all with yew.
The points of spears are stuck within the shield.
- To set; to fix in; as, to stick card teeth.
- To set with something pointed; as, to stick cards.
- To fix on a pointed instrument; to impale; as, to stick an apple on a fork.
- To attach by causing to adhere to the surface; as, to stick on a plaster; to stick a stamp on an envelope; also, to attach in any manner.
- (Print.) To compose; to set, or arrange, in a composing stick; as, to stick type. Cant
- (Joinery) To run or plane (moldings) in a machine, in contradistinction to working them by hand. Such moldings are said to be stuck.
- To cause to stick; to bring to a stand; to pose; to puzzle; as, to stick one with a hard problem. Colloq.
- To impose upon; to compel to pay; sometimes, to cheat. Slang
Stick intransitive verb
- To adhere; as, glue sticks to the fingers; paste sticks to the wall.
The green caterpillar breedeth in the inward parts of roses not blown, where the dew sticketh.
- To remain where placed; to be fixed; to hold fast to any position so as to be moved with difficulty; to cling; to abide; to cleave; to be united closely.
A friend that sticketh closer than a brother.
Prov. xviii. 24.
I am a kind of bur; I shall stick.
If on your fame our sex a bolt has thrown,
'T will ever stick through malice of your own.
- To be prevented from going farther; to stop by reason of some obstacle; to be stayed.
I had most need of blessing, and "Amen"
Stuck in my throat.
The trembling weapon passed
Through nine bull hides, . . . and stuck within the last.
- To be embarrassed or puzzled; to hesitate; to be deterred, as by scruples; to scruple; -- often with at.
They will stick long at part of a demonstration for want of perceiving the connection of two ideas.
Some stick not to say, that the parson and attorney forged a will.
- To cause difficulties, scruples, or hesitation.
This is the difficulty that sticks with the most reasonable.
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