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From stick +‎ -y.


  • IPA(key): /ˈstɪki/
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  • Rhymes: -ɪki


sticky (comparative stickier, superlative stickiest)

  1. Able or likely to adhere via the drying of a viscous substance.
    Is this tape sticky enough to stay on that surface?
  2. Potentially difficult to escape from.
    This is a sticky situation. We could be in this for weeks if we're not careful.
    • 2014, Michael White, "Roll up, roll up! The Amazing Salmond will show a Scotland you won't believe", The Guardian, 8 September 2014:
      Salmond studied medieval Scottish history as well as economics at university so he cannot say he has not had fair warning – it was even more turbulent and bloody than England at that time – and plenty of Scotland's kings and leaders came to a sticky end.
  3. Of weather, hot and windless and with high humidity, so that people feel sticky from sweating.
    • 2008, Robert K. Fitts, Wally Yonamine: The Man Who Changed Japanese Baseball
      The baby was due in December and the hot, sticky August weather was making Jane uncomfortable.
  4. (finance) Tending to stay the same; resistant to change.
    a sticky price; sticky wages
  5. (computing, informal, of a setting) Persistent.
    We should make the printing direction sticky so the user doesn't have to keep setting it.
  6. (computing, of a window) Appearing on all virtual desktops.
  7. (Internet, of threads on a bulletin board) Fixed at the top of the list of topics or threads so as to keep it in view.
  8. (Internet, of a website) Compelling enough to keep visitors from leaving.
    A woman has come to me with the complaint that her website is not sticky: 70% of the visits last 30 seconds or less.
  9. (informal) Resembling or characteristic of a stick. (Can we add an example for this sense?)


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sticky (plural stickies)

  1. A sticky note, such as a post-it note.
    Her desk is covered with yellow stickies.
  2. (Internet) A discussion thread fixed at the top of the list of topics or threads so as to keep it in view.
  3. (manufacturing) A small adhesive particle found in wastepaper.
  4. (Australia, colloquial) A sweet dessert wine.



sticky (third-person singular simple present stickies, present participle stickying, simple past and past participle stickied)

  1. (Internet, bulletin boards, transitive) to fix a thread at the top of the list of topics or threads so as to keep it in view.



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