- The definition of a clinging vine is a person who acts helpless and needy in a relationship, often refers to a woman.
An example of a clinging vine is character in a movie who is nothing without her husband.
clinging vine definition by Webster's New World
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a woman regarded as helpless and dependent in her relationship with a man
clinging vine - Phrases/Idioms
An overly dependent person, as in A clinging vine since her marriage, she's never made a decision on her own. Nearly always applied to a woman (or wife), this metaphor for a climbing plant today criticizes dependency rather than, as in former times, praising the vine's fruitfulness.