Definitions for clingklɪŋ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

clingklɪŋ(v.; n.)clung, cling•ing

  1. (v.i.)to adhere closely; stick to:

    Wet paper clings to glass.

  2. to hold tight, as by grasping or embracing; cleave:

    The child clung to her mother.

  3. to remain attached, as to an idea, hope, memory, etc.

  4. to cohere.

  5. (n.)the act of clinging; adherence.

Origin of cling:

bef. 900; ME; OE clingan to stick together, shrink, wither; akin to clench


Princeton's WordNet

  1. cling, clingstone(verb)

    fruit (especially peach) whose flesh adheres strongly to the pit

  2. cling, cleave, adhere, stick, cohere(verb)

    come or be in close contact with; stick or hold together and resist separation

    "The dress clings to her body"; "The label stuck to the box"; "The sushi rice grains cohere"

  3. cling(verb)

    to remain emotionally or intellectually attached

    "He clings to the idea that she might still love him."

  4. cling, hang(verb)

    hold on tightly or tenaciously

    "hang on to your father's hands"; "The child clung to his mother's apron"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. cling(verb)ɪŋ

    to hold tightly

    a two-year-old clinging to his mother; She was in the river clinging onto a tree

  2. clingɪŋ

    to stick

    Drops of water clung to his skin.


  1. cling(Noun)

    Fruit (especially peach) whose flesh adheres strongly to the pit.

  2. cling(Verb)

    To hold very tightly, as to not fall off.

    Seaweed clung to the anchor.

  3. cling(Verb)

    To adhere to an object, without being affixed, in such a way as to follow its contours. Used especially of fabrics and films.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cling(verb)

    to adhere closely; to stick; to hold fast, especially by twining round or embracing; as, the tendril of a vine clings to its support; -- usually followed by to or together

  2. Cling(verb)

    to cause to adhere to, especially by twining round or embracing

  3. Cling(verb)

    to make to dry up or wither

  4. Cling(noun)

    adherence; attachment; devotion

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'cling' in Verbs Frequency: #816

Translations for cling

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(usually with to ) to stick (to); to grip tightly

The mud clung to her shoes; She clung to her husband as he said goodbye; He clings to an impossible hope; The boat clung to (= stayed close to) the coastline.

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