- 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.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
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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