Sticky definition

stĭkē
Potentially difficult to escape from.

This is a sticky situation. We could be in this for weeks if we're not careful.

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(computing, informal, of a setting) Persistent.

We should make the printing direction sticky so the user doesn't have to keep setting it.

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(computing, of a window) Appearing on all virtual desktops.
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(Internet, of threads on a bulletin board) Fixed at the top of the list of topics or threads so as to keep it in view.
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(Internet, of a website) Compelling enough to keep visitors from leaving.

A woman has come to me with the complaint that her website is not "sticky" - 70% of the visits last 30 seconds or less.

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Of weather, hot and wind-less and with high humidity, so that people feel sticky from sweating.
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A sticky note, such as a post-it note.

Her desk is covered with yellow stickies.

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(manufacturing) A small adhesive particle found in wastepaper.
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(Internet, bulletin boards) To fix a thread at the top of the list of topics or threads so as to keep it in view.
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The definition of sticky is something that doesn't move easily, clings to things that touch it, or is covered with a substance that tends to cling.

An example of sticky is cookie dough that won't come off your fingers; sticky dough.

An example of sticky is the weather when it is a 90 degree day with 90 percent humidity; sticky weather.

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Covered with an adhesive agent.
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Warm and humid; muggy.

A sticky day.

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(informal) Painful or difficult.

A sticky situation.

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(economics) Tending to remain the same despite changes in the economy. Used of prices or wages.
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Of or relating to an item of software or hardware, such as an onscreen graphic or mouse button, that remains active for a brief time after being touched.

Sticky keys; a sticky menu.

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Of or relating to content designed to increase the duration of visits to a website.
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Covered with an adhesive or viscous substance.

A sticky countertop.

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(informal) Hot and humid.

A sticky climate.

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(informal) Difficult to deal with; troublesome.

A sticky problem.

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(informal) Overly sentimental; maudlin.
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That sticks; adhesive; tending to cling to anything touched.
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Not moving easily.

Sticky valves.

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Able or likely to stick.

Is this tape sticky enough to stay on that surface?

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Having the property of adhering or sticking to a surface; adhesive.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
sticky
Plural:
stickies

Adjective

Base Form:
sticky
Comparative:
stickier
Superlative:
stickiest

Origin of sticky

  • From stick +"Ž -y.

    From Wiktionary