Definition of


  1. (noun, act) threat of a penalty
  2. (noun, artifact) marijuana leaves rolled into a cigarette for smoking
  3. (noun, artifact) an implement consisting of a length of wood
    the kid had a candied apple on a stick
  4. (noun, artifact) a long thin implement resembling a length of wood
    a stick of dynamite
  5. (noun, artifact) a lever used by a pilot to control the ailerons and elevators of an airplane
  6. (noun, artifact) a long implement (usually made of wood) that is shaped so that hockey or polo players can hit a puck or ball
  7. (noun, body) informal terms for the leg
  8. (noun, food) a rectangular quarter pound block of butter or margarine
  9. (noun, plant) a small thin branch of a tree
  10. (verb, cognition) be a mystery or bewildering to
    Got me--I don't know the answer!
    a vexing problem
    This question really stuck me
  11. (verb, communication) saddle with something disagreeable or disadvantageous
    I was stung with a huge tax bill
  12. (verb, contact) come or be in close contact with; stick or hold together and resist separation
    The label stuck to the box
    The sushi rice grains cohere
  13. (verb, contact) stick to firmly
  14. (verb, contact) pierce or penetrate or puncture with something pointed
  15. (verb, contact) pierce with a thrust using a pointed instrument
  16. (verb, contact) put, fix, force, or implant
    stick your thumb in the crack
  17. (verb, contact) fasten into place by fixing an end or point into something
  18. (verb, contact) fasten with or as with pins or nails
  19. (verb, contact) fasten with an adhesive material like glue
  20. (verb, creation) cover and decorate with objects that pierce the surface
  21. (verb, motion) stay put (in a certain place)
    Stay put in the corner here!
    Stick around and you will learn something!
  22. (verb, stative) be loyal to
    The friends stuck together through the war
  23. (verb, stative) be a devoted follower or supporter
    She sticks to her principles
  24. (verb, stative) endure
  25. (verb, stative) be or become fixed

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Stick

  1. O.E. sticca "rod, twig, spoon," from P.Gmc. *stikkon- "pierce, prick" (cf. O.N. stik, O.H.G. stehho, Ger. Stecken "stick, staff"), from PIE *st(e)ig- (see stick (v.)). Meaning "staff used in a game" is from 1674 (originally billiards); meaning "manual gearshift lever" first recorded 1914. Phrase Sticks "rural place" is 1905, from… more
  2. O.E. stician "to pierce, stab," also "to remain embedded, be fastened," from P.Gmc. *stik- "pierce, prick, be sharp" (cf. O.S. stekan, O.Fris. steka, Du. stecken, O.H.G. stehhan, Ger. stechen "to stab, prick"), from PIE *st(e)ig- (cf. L. in-stigare "to goad;" Gk. stizein "to prick, puncture," stigma "m… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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