Definition of Stick in English :

Define Stick in English

Stick meaning in English

Meaning of Stick in English

Pronunciation of Stick in English

Stick pronunciation in English

Pronounce Stick in English


see synonyms of stick


1. stick

an implement consisting of a length of wood

Example Sentences:
'he collected dry sticks for a campfire'
'the kid had a candied apple on a stick'

2. stick

a small thin branch of a tree

3. control stick, joystick, stick

a lever used by a pilot to control the ailerons and elevators of an airplane

4. stick

a rectangular quarter pound block of butter or margarine

5. peg, pin, stick

informal terms for the leg

Example Sentences:
'fever left him weak on his sticks'

6. stick

a long implement (usually made of wood) that is shaped so that hockey or polo players can hit a puck or ball

7. stick

a long thin implement resembling a length of wood

Example Sentences:
'cinnamon sticks'
'a stick of dynamite'

8. joint, marijuana cigarette, reefer, spliff, stick

marijuana leaves rolled into a cigarette for smoking

9. stick

threat of a penalty

Example Sentences:
'the policy so far is all stick and no carrot'


10. deposit, lodge, stick, wedge

put, fix, force, or implant

Example Sentences:
'lodge a bullet in the table'
'stick your thumb in the crack'

11. stay, stay put, stick, stick around

stay put (in a certain place)

Example Sentences:
'We are staying in Detroit; we are not moving to Cincinnati'
'Stay put in the corner here!'
'Stick around and you will learn something!'

12. adhere, bind, bond, hold fast, stick, stick to

stick to firmly

Example Sentences:
'Will this wallpaper adhere to the wall?'

13. stick

be or become fixed

Example Sentences:
'The door sticks--we will have to plane it'

14. stick


Example Sentences:
'The label stuck to her for the rest of her life'

15. adhere, stick

be a devoted follower or supporter

Example Sentences:
'The residents of this village adhered to Catholicism'
'She sticks to her principles'

16. adhere, stand by, stick, stick by

be loyal to

Example Sentences:
'She stood by her husband in times of trouble'
'The friends stuck together through the war'

17. stick

cover and decorate with objects that pierce the surface

Example Sentences:
'stick some feathers in the turkey before you serve it'

18. stick

fasten with an adhesive material like glue

Example Sentences:
'stick the poster onto the wall'

19. stick

fasten with or as with pins or nails

Example Sentences:
'stick the photo onto the corkboard'

20. stick

fasten into place by fixing an end or point into something

Example Sentences:
'stick the corner of the sheet under the mattress'

21. stick

pierce with a thrust using a pointed instrument

Example Sentences:
'he stuck the cloth with the needle'

22. stick

pierce or penetrate or puncture with something pointed

Example Sentences:
'He stuck the needle into his finger'

23. adhere, cleave, cling, cohere, stick

come or be in close contact with; stick or hold together and resist separation

Example Sentences:
'The dress clings to her body'
'The label stuck to the box'
'The sushi rice grains cohere'

24. stick, sting

saddle with something disagreeable or disadvantageous

Example Sentences:
'They stuck me with the dinner bill'
'I was stung with a huge tax bill'

25. amaze, baffle, beat, bewilder, dumbfound, flummox, get, gravel, mystify, nonplus, perplex, pose, puzzle, stick, stupefy, vex

be a mystery or bewildering to

Example Sentences:
'This beats me!'
'Got me--I don't know the answer!'
'a vexing problem'
'This question really stuck me'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of stick
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
4.  control stick
5. informal
the lever used to change gear in a motor vehicle
6. nautical
a mast or yard
7. printing composing stick
a group of bombs arranged to fall at intervals across a target
a number of paratroops jumping in sequence
9. slang
verbal abuse, criticism
I got some stick for that blunder
physical power, force (esp in the phrase give it some stick)
10. (usually plural)
a piece of furniture
these few sticks are all I have
11. (plural) informal
a rural area considered remote or backward (esp in the phrase in the sticks)
12. (plural) Canadian West Coast and Northwest Canada informal
the wooded interior part of the country
13. (plural) hockey
a declaration made by the umpire if a player's stick is above the shoulders
14. (plural)
15. US obsolete
a cannabis cigarette
a means of coercion
17. informal
a dull boring person
18. (usually preceded by old) informal
a person
not a bad old stick
19.  in a cleft stick
20.  wrong end of the stick
verbWord forms: sticks, sticking or sticked
to support (a plant) with sticks; stake
verbWord forms: sticks, sticking or stuck
1. (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
3. (transitive)
to fasten in position by pushing or forcing a point into something
to stick a peg in a hole
4. (transitive)
to fasten in position by or as if by pins, nails, etc
to stick a picture on the wall
5. (transitive)
to transfix or impale on a pointed object
6. (transitive)
to cover with objects piercing or set in the surface
7. (when intr, foll 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
8. (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
10. (transitive) informal
to cause to become sticky
11. (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
12. (intransitive)
to remain for a long time
the memory sticks in my mind
13. (transitive) slang, mainly British
to tolerate; abide
I can't stick that man
14. (intransitive)
to be reluctant
15. (tr; usually passive) informal
to cause to be at a loss; baffle, puzzle, or confuse
I was totally stuck for an answer
16. (transitive) slang
to force or impose something unpleasant on
they stuck me with the bill for lunch
17. (transitive)
to kill by piercing or stabbing
18.  stick in one's throat
19.  stick one's nose into
20.  stick to the ribs
the state or condition of adhering
22. informal
a substance causing adhesion
23. obsolete
something that causes delay or stoppage

Collins English Dictionary. Copyright © HarperCollins Publishers


see synonyms of stick
a long, usually slender piece of wood
; specif.,
a twig or small branch broken off or cut off, esp. a dead and dry one
a tree branch of any size, used for fuel, etc.
a long, slender, and usually tapering piece of wood shaped for a specific purpose, as a wand, staff, club, baton, cane, rod, etc.
a stalk, as of celery
something shaped like a stick; sticklike piece
a stick of chewing gum
a separate item; article
every stick of furniture
an implement used for striking a ball, puck, etc.
a hockey stick
something made of sticks, as a racing hurdle
a sticking, as with a pointed weapon; stab
anything, as a threat, used in compelling another
stick shift
a number of bombs, parachutists, etc. dropped from the air in such a way as to fall in a line across a target area
11.  Archaic
a stoppage, delay, or obstacle
12.  Informal
a dull, stupid, or spiritless person
13.  US, Slang
a marijuana cigarette
14.  Aeronautics
joystick (sense 1)
15.  Nautical
a mast or a part of a mast
16.  Printing
a composing stick or its contents
verb transitiveWord forms: stuck, sticked, ˈsticking
to pierce or puncture, as with a pointed instrument
to kill by piercing; stab
to pierce something with (a knife, pin, etc.)
to thrust or push (in, into, out, etc.)
to stick one's finger into a hole
to set with piercing objects
a cushion stuck with pins
to fasten or attach as by gluing, pinning, etc.
to stick a poster on a wall
to decorate with things fastened in this way
to transfix or impale
to impale (insect specimens, etc.), as on a pin, and mount for exhibit
to obstruct, entangle, bog down, etc.; also, to detain, delay, etc.
usually used in the passive
the wheels were stuck; we were stuck in town
to prop (a vine, etc.) with a stick or sticks
b.  Printing
to set type in a composing stick
26.  Informal
to place; put; set
27.  Informal
to make sticky by smearing
28.  Informal
to puzzle; baffle
to be stuck by a question
29.  Slang
to make pay, often exorbitantly
to impose a disagreeable task, burden, expense, etc. upon
to cheat or defraud
30.  Chiefly British, Informal
to endure or tolerate
verb intransitive
to be or remain fixed or embedded by a pointed end, as a nail, etc.
to be or remain attached by adhesion; adhere; cleave
to remain in the same place; stay; abide
they stick at home
to remain fixed in the memory
to remain in effect
to make the charges stick
to remain in close association; be fixed; cling
friends stick together; the nickname stuck
to keep close
to stick to a trail
to persevere; persist
to stick at a job
to remain firm and resolute; endure
they stuck through thick and thin
to become fixed, blocked, lodged, etc. as by an obstacle
; specif.,
to become embedded and immovable
a shoe stuck in the mud
to become unworkable; jam
the gears stuck
to become stopped or delayed; come to a standstill
a bill stuck in committee
to be puzzled
to be reluctant; hesitate; scruple
a person who will stick at nothing
to protrude, project, or extend (out, up, through, etc.)

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of stick
1. A long slender piece of wood, especially:
a. A branch or stem that has fallen or been cut from a tree or shrub.
b. A piece of wood, such as a tree branch, that is used for fuel, cut for lumber, or shaped for a specific purpose.
c. A wand, staff, baton, or rod.
2. Sports A long thin implement with a blade or net on the end used to propel and control a puck or ball in hockey or lacrosse.
3. A walking stick; a cane.
4. Something that is long and thin: a stick of dynamite; a stick of gum.
5. Slang A marijuana cigarette.
a. The control device of an aircraft that operates the elevators and ailerons.
b. Informal A stick shift.
7. Nautical A mast or a part of a mast.
a. A group of bombs released to fall across an enemy target in a straight row.
b. Slang A group of paratroopers exiting an aircraft in succession.
9. A timber tree.
10. Informal A piece of furniture.
11. A poke, thrust, or stab with a stick or similar object: a stick in the ribs.
12. A threatened penalty: using both a carrot and a stick to keep allies in line.
13. The condition or power of adhering: a glue with plenty of stick.
14. sticks Informal
a. A remote area; backwoods: moved to the sticks.
b. A city or town regarded as dull or unsophisticated.
15. Informal A person regarded as stiff, boring, or spiritless.
16. Obsolete A difficulty or obstacle; a delay.
v. stuck (stŭk), stick·ing, sticks
a. To pierce, puncture, or penetrate with a pointed instrument: stick a fingertip with a pin.
b. To kill by piercing: stick a pig.
a. To thrust or push (a pointed instrument) into or through another object: stuck a fork into the turkey.
b. To jab or poke (a pointed or narrow instrument) into or against: The robber stuck a pistol in my ribs.
c. To place or position by pushing or thrusting: stick candles on the cake; stick a flower through a buttonhole.
a. To fix, impale, or transfix on a pointed object: stick an olive on a toothpick.
b. To cover or decorate with objects piercing the surface: stick a map with pins.
a. To fasten into place by forcing an end or point into something: stick a tack on the wall.
b. To fasten or attach with pins, nails, or similar devices: stuck the announcement on the bulletin board.
c. To fasten or attach with an adhesive material, such as glue or tape.
5. Sports To execute (a landing or dismount) in gymnastics so that the feet do not move after they hit the ground.
6. To detain or delay: We were stuck at the airport overnight.
7. Informal To confuse, baffle, or puzzle: I started doing the math problems, but I got stuck.
8. past tense and past participle sticked (stĭkt) To prop (a plant) with sticks or brush on which to grow.
9. past tense and past participle sticked Printing To set (type) in a composing stick.
10. To cover or smear with something sticky.
11. Informal To put blame or responsibility on; burden: stuck me with the bill.
12. Slang To defraud or cheat: The dealer stuck me with shoddy merchandise.
1. To be or become fixed or embedded in place by having the point thrust in: The spear stuck in the shield.
2. To become or remain attached or in close association; cling: stick together in a crowd.
a. To remain firm, determined, or resolute: stuck to basic principles.
b. To remain loyal or faithful: stuck by her through hard times.
c. To persist or endure: a bad name that has stuck.
4. To scruple or hesitate: She sticks at nothingno matter how difficult.
5. To become fixed, blocked, checked, or obstructed: The drawer stuck and would not open.
6. To project or protrude: hair sticking out on his head.
7. Sports To throw a jab in boxing.

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