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EtymologyEdit

From cling +‎ -y.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈklɪŋi/
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  • Rhymes: -ɪŋi

AdjectiveEdit

clingy (comparative clingier, superlative clingiest)

  1. Having a tendency to cling.
    a clingy minidress
    • 2003, Tony Kornheiser, I'm Back for More Cash (Because You Can't Take Two Hundred Newspapers into the Bathroom)[1], page 255:
      I conceded I might have slightly mollified if it had been Wendy Rieger in that clingy leopard skin blouse she wears on Channel 4.
  2. (informal, usually derogatory) Pathetically attached to, or possessive of someone, usually a significant other.
    a clingy ex-girlfriend who won't stop calling

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