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Noun: stick  stik
  1. A small thin branch of a tree
     
  2. An implement consisting of a length of wood
    "he collected dry sticks for a campfire"; "the kid had a candied apple on a stick"
     
  3. A long thin implement resembling a length of wood
    "cinnamon sticks"; "a stick of dynamite"
     
  4. A lever used by a pilot to control the ailerons and elevators of an aeroplane
    - control stick, joystick
     
  5. [US] A rectangular quarter pound block of butter or margarine
     
  6. [informal] A human limb; commonly used to refer to a whole limb but technically only the part of the limb between the knee and ankle
    "fever left him weak on his sticks";
    - leg, pin [informal], peg [informal]
     
  7. (polo) a long implement (usually made of wood) that is shaped so that hockey or polo players can hit a puck or ball
     
  8. [informal] Marijuana leaves rolled into a cigarette for smoking
    - joint [informal], marijuana cigarette, reefer [slang], spliff [slang]
     
  9. Threat of a penalty
    "the policy so far is all stick and no carrot"
     
  10. [Brit, informal] Intense adverse criticism
    "he published an unexpected stick on my work";
    - fire, attack, flak [informal], flack, blast [informal]
     
  11. [Brit, informal] A slick spokesperson who can turn any criticism to the advantage of their employer
    - flak catcher [N. Amer, informal], flak [N. Amer, informal], flack catcher [N. Amer, informal], flack [N. Amer, informal]
Verb: stick (stuck)  stik
  1. Fasten with an adhesive material like glue
    "stick the poster onto the wall"
     
  2. Be or become fixed
    "The door sticks--we will have to plane it"
     
  3. Remain stuck to; keep in place
    "Will this wallpaper stick to the wall?";
    - adhere, hold fast, bond, bind, stick to
     
  4. Put, fix, force, or implant
    "stick your thumb in the crack";
    - lodge, wedge, deposit
     
  5. Remain visiting, living in or positioned at (a certain place) rather than moving
    "Stick around and you will learn something!";
    - stay, stick around, stay put
     
  6. Endure
    "The label stuck to her for the rest of her life"
     
  7. Be a devoted follower or supporter
    "She sticks to her principles";
    - adhere
     
  8. Be loyal to
    "The friends stuck together through the war"; "She stuck by her husband in times of trouble";
    - stand by, stick by, adhere
     
  9. Cover and decorate with objects that pierce the surface
    "stick some feathers in the turkey before you serve it"
     
  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, 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. [informal] Saddle with something disagreeable or disadvantageous
    "They stuck me with the dinner bill";
    - sting [informal]
     
  16. Confuse or leave at a loss because of something complex or difficult to understand
    "This question really stuck me";
    - confuse, throw, fox, befuddle, fuddle, bedevil, confound, discombobulate [informal], perplex, vex, get, puzzle, mystify, baffle, beat, pose, bewilder, flummox, stupefy, nonplus, gravel, dumbfound

Derived forms: stuck, sticking, sticks

See also: stick out

Type of: adjoin, adopt, adorn, attach, be, beautify, butt, butter, cig [informal], cigaret [US], cigarette, ciggy [Brit, informal], coffin nail [informal], contact, criticism, decorate, durry [Austral, informal], embellish, espouse, fag [Brit, informal], fasten, fix, follow, force, gasper [Brit, informal], grace, implement, interpreter, lever, limb, margarine, marge [Brit, informal], meet, oleo [N. Amer], oleomargarine [N. Amer], ornament, penalisation [Brit], penalization, penalty, persist, pierce, punishment, remain, representative, sanction, secure, spokesperson, sports equipment, stay, stay in place, thrust, touch, tree branch, unfavorable judgment [US], unfavourable judgment [Brit, Cdn], voice

Part of: body, organic structure

Encyclopedia: Stick, Leonard