Stick - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |stɪk|  American pronunciation of the word stick
Brit.  |stɪk|  British pronunciation of the word stick
irregular verb:  p.t. — stuck  p.p. — stuck


- an implement consisting of a length of wood
he collected dry sticks for a campfire
the kid had a candied apple on a stick
- a small thin branch of a tree
- a lever used by a pilot to control the ailerons and elevators of an airplane (syn: joystick)
- a rectangular quarter pound block of butter or margarine
- informal terms for the leg (syn: peg, pin)
fever left him weak on his sticks
- a long implement (usually made of wood) that is shaped so that hockey or polo players can hit a puck or ball
- a long thin implement resembling a length of wood
cinnamon sticks
a stick of dynamite
- marijuana leaves rolled into a cigarette for smoking (syn: joint, reefer)
- threat of a penalty
the policy so far is all stick and no carrot


- put, fix, force, or implant (syn: deposit, lodge, wedge)
stick your thumb in the crack
- stay put (in a certain place) (syn: stay, stick around)
- stick to firmly (syn: adhere, bind, bond)
- be or become fixed
The door sticks--we will have to plane it
- endure
- be a devoted follower or supporter (syn: adhere)
She sticks to her principles
- be loyal to (syn: adhere, stand by)
- cover and decorate with objects that pierce the surface
stick some feathers in the turkey before you serve it
- fasten with an adhesive material like glue
stick the poster onto the wall
- fasten with or as with pins or nails
stick the photo onto the corkboard
- fasten into place by fixing an end or point into something
stick the corner of the sheet under the mattress
- pierce with a thrust using a pointed instrument
- pierce or penetrate or puncture with something pointed
- come or be in close contact with; stick or hold together and resist separation (syn: adhere, cleave, cling, cohere)
- saddle with something disagreeable or disadvantageous (syn: sting)
- be a mystery or bewildering to (syn: amaze, baffle, beat, bewilder, dumbfound, flummox, get, gravel, mystify, nonplus, perplex, pose, puzzle, stupefy, vex)

Extra examples

We took some stick, and we gave some stick.

Stick the boxes down anywhere, we'll sort them out later.

I can't remove this photograph, it's been stuck down.

I could not stick the envelope.

Stick with me and you won't get lost.

The ship had to stick to the shore because of the heavy mist.

I'll stick with my decision.

When writing an article, stick to one style throughout.

He made every effort to stick to the job that he had.

I know it's not easy at first, but stick with it and it will soon seem easier.

Thank you for sticking with me when all the others deserted me.

His family can be trusted to stick by him whatever happens.

Whatever your argument, I shall stick to my decision.

He is still stuck with that lousy car.

She could not stick it any longer.

Phrasal verbs

stick around  — be available or ready for a certain function or service
stick out  — extend out or project in space
stick together  — be loyal to one another, especially in times of trouble
stick up  — rob at gunpoint or by means of some other threat

Word forms

I/you/we/they: stick
he/she/it: sticks
present participle: sticking
past tense: stuck
past participle: stuck
singular: stick
plural: sticks
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