stick meaning

[ stik ] Pronunciation:   "stick" in a sentence
  • Noun: stick  stik
    1. An implement consisting of a length of wood
      "he collected dry sticks for a campfire"; "the kid had a candied apple on a stick" 
    2. A small thin branch of a tree 
    3. A lever used by a pilot to control the ailerons and elevators of an aeroplane
      - control stick, joystick 
    4. A rectangular quarter pound block of butter or margarine 
    5. Informal term for the leg
      "fever left him weak on his sticks"
      - pin, peg 
    6. A long implement (usually made of wood) that is shaped so that hockey or polo players can hit a puck or ball 
    7. A long thin implement resembling a length of wood
      "cinnamon sticks"; "a stick of dynamite" 
    8. Marijuana leaves rolled into a cigarette for smoking
      - joint, marijuana cigarette, reefer, spliff 
    9. Threat of a penalty
      "the policy so far is all stick and no carrot"
    Verb: stick (stuck)  stik
    1. Put, fix, force, or implant
      "stick your thumb in the crack"
      - lodge, wedge, deposit 
    2. Stay put (in a certain place)
      "Stick around and you will learn something!"
      - stay, stick around, stay put 
    3. Stick to firmly
      - adhere, hold fast, bond, bind, stick to 
    4. Be or become fixed
      "The door sticks--we will have to plane it" 
    5. Endure
      "The label stuck to her for the rest of her life" 
    6. Be a devoted follower or supporter
      "She sticks to her principles"
      - adhere 
    7. Be loyal to
      "The friends stuck together through the war"
      - stand by, stick by, adhere 
    8. Cover and decorate with objects that pierce the surface
      "stick some feathers in the turkey before you serve it" 
    9. Fasten with an adhesive material like glue
      "stick the poster onto the wall" 
    10. Fasten with or as with pins or nails
      "stick the photo onto the corkboard" 
    11. Fasten into place by fixing an end or point into something
      "stick the corner of the sheet under the mattress" 
    12. Pierce with a thrust using a pointed instrument
      "he stuck the cloth with the needle" 
    13. Pierce or penetrate or puncture with something pointed
      "He stuck the needle into his finger" 
    14. Come or be in close contact with; stick or hold together and resist separation
      "The label stuck to the box"
      - cling, cleave, adhere, cohere 
    15. Saddle with something disagreeable or disadvantageous
      "They stuck me with the dinner bill"
      - sting 
    16. Be a mystery or bewildering to
      "This question really stuck me"
      - perplex, vex, get, puzzle, mystify, baffle, beat, pose, bewilder, flummox, stupefy, nonplus, gravel, amaze, dumbfound

    Derived forms: sticks, stuck, sticking

    See also: stick out, sticker

    Type of: adjoin, adopt, adorn, attach, be, beautify, bedevil, befuddle, butt, butter, cig, cigaret [US], cigarette, ciggy [Brit], coffin nail, confound, confuse, contact, decorate, discombobulate, embellish, espouse, fag [Brit], fasten, fix, follow, force, fox, fuddle, gasper [Brit], grace, implement, leg, lever, limb, margarin, margarine, marge [Brit], meet, oleo [N. Amer], oleomargarine [Brit, Cdn], ornament, penalisation [Brit], penalization, penalty, persist, pierce, punishment, remain, secure, sports equipment, stay, stay in place, throw, thrust, touch, tree branch

    Encyclopedia: Stick

  • [American slang]
    n. a golf club.
    • These aren't my sticks, and you aren't my caddy. What's going on around here?
    • I wanted a new set of sticks for Christmas, but I got a snowmobile instead.

  • [British slang]
    Noun. 1. Hassle, excessive criticism, trouble. E.g."Keep giving him stick and he'll pack his bags and leave.”
    2. Effort. E.g."Go on, give it some stick.”
    Verb: Suffer, tolerate, abide. E.g."I can't stick that sarcastic humour of his." {Informal}

  • [Architecture]

    Any long slender piece of wood.


    A shaped piece of wood, as a stake.

  • [Business]
    verb (stuck, stuck //)

    1 [+ obj or no obj]

    to fix sth to sth else, usually with a sticky substance; to become fixed to sth in this way:

    He stuck a stamp on the envelope.

    2 [+ obj] (used in the form be stuck)

    to stay at the same level, value, etc.; to fail to improve:

    Our annual sales are stuck at $200 000.

    3 [no obj]

    to stay at the same level, value, etc:

    Unemployment is sticking at around 12%.


    stick to the/your knitting

    to continue to do what you know and what you can do well:

    His success is based on staying close to his customers and sticking to his knitting.

    So, either 'stick to the knitting' and make your existing business more knowledge intensive, or, if you really must venture into a new, knowledge-based business, do so with caution.


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  1. the old woman walks with the aid of a stick.
  2. they could n't make the charges stick.
  3. "why do you stick it?" asked phyl.
  4. your advice will stick fast in my mind.
  5. do not stick your head out of the car window.

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