Morning glories cling to this trellis.
- 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.
intransitive verbclung, cling′ing
- 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 of clingMiddle 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
intransitive verbclung, 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- To remain emotionally attached; hold on: clinging to outdated customs.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 of clingMiddle English clingen from Old English clingan
(third-person singular simple present clings, present participle clinging, simple past and past participle clung)
- To hold very tightly, as to not fall off.
- Seaweed clung to the anchor.
- Mrs. Hemans
- And what hath life for thee / That thou shouldst cling to it thus?
- To adhere to an object, without being affixed, in such a way as to follow its contours. Used especially of fabrics and films.
- To cause to adhere to, especially by twining round or embracing.
- To cause to dry up or wither.
- (figuratively, with preposition to) to be fond of, to feel strongly about