- Stuck means being trapped in something.
An example of stuck is being trapped in mud.
- Stuck is defined as to have poked or to have put something on something, usually with something sticky like glue.
- An example of stuck is to have poked someone with a stick.
- An example of stuck is to have put a label on a file folder.
(comparative more stuck, superlative most stuck)
- Simple past tense and past participle of stick.
- (obsolete) A thrust.
Variant 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
- Archaic a stoppage, delay, or obstacle
- Informal a dull, stupid, or spiritless person
- ☆ Slang a marijuana cigarette
- Aeron. joystick (sense )
- Naut. a mast or a part of a mast
- Printing a composing stick or its contents
Origin of stickMiddle English stikke ; from Old English sticca, akin to Dutch stek, Old Norse stik ; from Indo-European base an unverified form steig-, a point from source stake, Frankish an unverified form stakka, Classical Greek stigma, Classical Latin instigare, instigate
transitive verbstuck, sticked, sticking
- 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
Origin of stick< stickthe
- to prop (a vine, etc.) with a stick or sticks
- Printing to set type in a composing stick
- Informal to place; put; set
- Informal to make sticky by smearing
- Informal to puzzle; baffle: to be stuck by a question
- to make pay, often exorbitantly
- to impose a disagreeable task, burden, expense, etc. upon
- to cheat or defraud
- Chiefly Brit., Informal to endure or tolerate
Origin of stickcombination of ME steken, to prick, fasten (< OE stecan) & ME stikien < OE stician, to stick, stab, prick: both akin to the n.
- 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.)
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