- I UK [stɪk] / US
Word forms "stick":
present tense I/you/we/they stick he/she/it sticks present participle sticking past tense stuck UK [stʌk] / US past participle stuck
1) [transitive] to push something long and thin into or through something elsestick something in/into/through/up etc something:
He stuck the end of the post in the soft ground.
She stuck her knitting needles into a ball of wool.
a piece of cloth with a pin stuck through ita) [intransitive] if something sticks in, into, or through something else, its end remains pushed into or through itstick in/into/through:
The knife missed its target and stuck in the door.
Something sharp was sticking into my back.
A broken spring was sticking through the mattress.b) [transitive] to push something onto something with a sharp point so that it is held therestick something on/onto something:
She stuck the bread on the end of the toasting fork.2)a) [transitive] to fix one thing to another, especially using a sticky substance such as gluestick something on/in/into/under/to etc something:
We stuck the articles in a scrapbook.
I licked the stamp and stuck it on the envelope.stick something together:
She was sticking posters on her bedroom wall.
Can you stick the pieces of this vase back together?b) [intransitive] to become fixed to something, especially by means of a sticky substancestick to:
The pasta has stuck to the bottom of the pan.
He was boiling hot and his jacket was sticking to his back.3) [transitive] informal to put something somewhere quickly and without taking much carestick something in/on/around etc something:
Ned stuck his hands in his pockets.
Just stick the plates in the sink for now.stick something in the air:
He stuck his head around the kitchen door and said goodbye.
The dog rolled on its back and stuck its legs in the air.See:boot I4) [intransitive] to become firmly fixed in one position, and therefore difficult or impossible to movestick in/under/at etc:
The door is sticking, so just give it a good push.
The wheels had stuck in the mud.5) [transitive] British informal to continue to the end of a difficult or unpleasant situation
I don't know how she's stuck that job this long.6) [intransitive] if a new name for someone or something sticks, it becomes accepted and used by everyone
He'd been called "Tufty" at school, and the name had stuck.7) [intransitive] to decide that you do not want any more cards in some card games
Are you sticking?•
stick in your mind/memory— if something sticks in your mind, you do not forget it easily
One thing he told me always sticks in my mind.- stick at- stick by- stick on- stick to- stick upSee:sore I
II UK [stɪk] / US noun
Word forms "stick":
singular stick plural sticks
1) [countable] a thin piece of wood that has been broken or cut from a tree
I went out to find some sticks for a fire.a) a long strong piece of wood, usually with a handle at the top, that you use to help you to walkb) a long thin piece of wood used as a weapon or for making an animal move in the direction you want it toc) a long thin piece of wood used for hitting or carrying something in a sport
a hockey stickd) a small thin piece of wood or plastic used for a particular purpose
an ice lolly sticke) a baton used by a conductor to direct an orchestra2)a) [countable] a long thin piece of something
a stick of celeryb) an amount of a solid substance in a container that you push at the bottom so that a small amount comes out of the top
a stick of glue••See:3)a) [countable] mainly American informal a gear leverb) mainly American informal a joystick4) [uncountable] British informal criticismgive someone stick (for something):get/take stick (from someone):
They gave me a lot of stick for missing such an easy shot.
We're taking a lot of stick for our decision.•
a stick of butter/margarine— American a long thin piece of butter or margarine that you buy from a shopSee:wrong I
English dictionary. 2014.