sticky Definition

  • 1having the property of adhering or sticking to a surface; adhesive
  • 2difficult to deal with or get rid of
  • 3involving or causing awkward or uncomfortable situations

Using sticky: Examples

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

  • Example

    The label on the jar was sticky and wouldn't come off.

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    The dough was too sticky to work with.

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    The situation became sticky when the police arrived.

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    The conversation turned sticky when they brought up politics.

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    The tape is not sticky enough to hold the paper together.

sticky Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for sticky

Phrases with sticky

  • a tendency to steal things, especially small items


    He had sticky fingers and was caught shoplifting.

  • a difficult or delicate situation


    The negotiations were a sticky wicket, but we managed to reach an agreement.

  • a small piece of paper with an adhesive strip on the back, used for writing notes and sticking them to surfaces


    I wrote a reminder on a sticky note and put it on my computer screen.


Summary: sticky in Brief

The term 'sticky' [ˈstɪki] describes something that adheres or sticks to a surface, such as a label or tape. It can also refer to a difficult or uncomfortable situation, as in 'The situation became sticky when the police arrived.' 'Sticky' extends into phrases like 'sticky fingers,' denoting a tendency to steal, and 'sticky wicket,' meaning a difficult situation.

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