- The definition of cling means to hold on or be attached to someone or something.
- Morning glories climbing a trellis are an example of to cling.
- A child hanging on to their mother's leg is an example of to cling.
- Someone not able to get over a past relationship is an example of to cling.
Morning glories cling to this trellis.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- to hold fast by or as by embracing, entwining, or sticking; adhere
- to be or stay near, as if holding fast
- to be emotionally attached
Origin: Middle English clingen ; from Old English clingan, to adhere, stick together ; from Indo-European an unverified form gel-g- ; from base an unverified form gel-: see climb
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intransitive verb clung clung , cling·ing, clings
- To hold fast or adhere to something, as by grasping, sticking, embracing, or entwining: clung to the rope to keep from falling; fabrics that cling to the body.
- To remain close; resist separation: We clung together in the storm.
- To remain emotionally attached; hold on: clinging to outdated customs.
Origin: Middle English clingen, from Old English clingan.
- clingˈer noun
- clingˈy adjective