clinging Definition

  • 1holding onto something tightly or tenaciously
  • 2sticking closely to something

Using clinging: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "clinging" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The child was clinging to her mother's hand.

  • Example

    The wet shirt was clinging to his skin.

  • Example

    She was clinging to the hope that he would return.

  • Example

    The vines were clinging to the wall.

clinging Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for clinging

Phrases with clinging

  • a thin plastic wrap used for covering food


    Cover the bowl with cling film and refrigerate it.

  • overly attached or dependent on someone, often in a way that is suffocating or annoying


    He was being too clingy and possessive in their relationship.

  • a type of fruit with a stone or pit that clings to the flesh, such as a peach


    The farmer harvested the clingstone peaches from the orchard.


Summary: clinging in Brief

The term 'clinging' [ˈklɪŋɪŋ] describes the act of holding onto something tightly or sticking closely to something. It can refer to physical objects like vines or clothing, or to emotional states like hope or attachment. The adjective 'clingy' describes a person who is overly dependent on someone else, while 'cling film' refers to a type of plastic wrap used for food storage.

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