What does stick mean?

Definitions for stick

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word stick.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. sticknoun

    an implement consisting of a length of wood

    "he collected dry sticks for a campfire"; "the kid had a candied apple on a stick"

  2. sticknoun

    a small thin branch of a tree

  3. stick, control stick, joysticknoun

    a lever used by a pilot to control the ailerons and elevators of an airplane

  4. sticknoun

    a rectangular quarter pound block of butter or margarine

  5. pin, peg, sticknoun

    informal terms for the leg

    "fever left him weak on his sticks"

  6. sticknoun

    a long implement (usually made of wood) that is shaped so that hockey or polo players can hit a puck or ball

  7. sticknoun

    a long thin implement resembling a length of wood

    "cinnamon sticks"; "a stick of dynamite"

  8. joint, marijuana cigarette, reefer, stick, spliffnoun

    marijuana leaves rolled into a cigarette for smoking

  9. stickverb

    threat of a penalty

    "the policy so far is all stick and no carrot"

  10. lodge, wedge, stick, depositverb

    put, fix, force, or implant

    "lodge a bullet in the table"; "stick your thumb in the crack"

  11. stay, stick, stick around, stay putverb

    stay put (in a certain place)

    "We are staying in Detroit; we are not moving to Cincinnati"; "Stay put in the corner here!"; "Stick around and you will learn something!"

  12. adhere, hold fast, bond, bind, stick, stick toverb

    stick to firmly

    "Will this wallpaper adhere to the wall?"

  13. stickverb

    be or become fixed

    "The door sticks--we will have to plane it"

  14. stickverb


    "The label stuck to her for the rest of her life"

  15. adhere, stickverb

    be a devoted follower or supporter

    "The residents of this village adhered to Catholicism"; "She sticks to her principles"

  16. stand by, stick by, stick, adhereverb

    be loyal to

    "She stood by her husband in times of trouble"; "The friends stuck together through the war"

  17. stickverb

    cover and decorate with objects that pierce the surface

    "stick some feathers in the turkey before you serve it"

  18. stickverb

    fasten with an adhesive material like glue

    "stick the poster onto the wall"

  19. stickverb

    fasten with or as with pins or nails

    "stick the photo onto the corkboard"

  20. stickverb

    fasten into place by fixing an end or point into something

    "stick the corner of the sheet under the mattress"

  21. stickverb

    pierce with a thrust using a pointed instrument

    "he stuck the cloth with the needle"

  22. stickverb

    pierce or penetrate or puncture with something pointed

    "He stuck the needle into his finger"

  23. cling, cleave, adhere, stick, cohereverb

    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"

  24. stick, stingverb

    saddle with something disagreeable or disadvantageous

    "They stuck me with the dinner bill"; "I was stung with a huge tax bill"

  25. perplex, vex, stick, get, puzzle, mystify, baffle, beat, pose, bewilder, flummox, stupefy, nonplus, gravel, amaze, dumbfoundverb

    be a mystery or bewildering to

    "This beats me!"; "Got me--I don't know the answer!"; "a vexing problem"; "This question really stuck me"


  1. Sticknoun

    A member of the Official IRA.

  2. Sticknoun

    The Chapman Stick, an electric musical instrument devised by Emmett Chapman.

  3. Etymology: Possibly a metaphorical use of the first etymology ("twig, branch"), possibly derived from the Yiddish schtick.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Sticknoun

    A piece of wood small and long.

    Etymology: sticca , Saxon; stecco, Italian; steck, Dutch.

    Onions as they hang will shoot forth, and so will the herb orpin, with which in the country they trim their houses, binding it to a lath or stick set against a wall. Francis Bacon, Nat. History.

    Some strike from clashing flints their fiery seed,
    Some gather sticks the kindled flames to feed. Dryden.

  2. To STICKverb

    preterite stuck; participle pass. stuck. To fasten on so as that it may adhere.

    Etymology: stican , Saxon.

    Two troops in fair array one moment show’d;
    The next, a field with fallen bodies strow’d:
    The points of spears are stuck within the shield,
    The steeds without their riders scour the field,
    The knights unhors’d. Dryden.

    Would our ladies, instead of sticking on a patch against their country, sacrifice their necklaces against the common enemy, what decrees ought not to be made in their favour? Addison.

    Oh for some pedant reign,
    Some gentle James to bless the land again;
    To stick the doctor’s chair unto the throne,
    Give law to words, or war with words alone. Alexander Pope.

  3. To Stickverb

    Etymology: stician , Saxon; steken, Dutch.

    The Heruli, when their old kindred fell sick, stuck them with a dagger. Nehemiah Grew.

    Her death!
    I’ll stand betwixt: it first shall pierce my heart:
    We will be stuck together on his dart. John Dryden, Tyran. Love.

    A lofty pile they rear;
    The fabrick’s front with cypress twigs they strew,
    And stick the sides with boughs of baleful yew. Dryden.

  4. To Stickverb

    I will cause the fish of thy rivers to stick unto thy scales. Ez.

    The green caterpillar breedeth in the inward parts of roses not blown, where the dew sticketh. Francis Bacon.

    Though the sword be put into the sheath, we must not suffer it there to rust, or stick so fast as that we shall not be able to draw it readily, when need requires. Walter Raleigh.

    Now does he feel
    His secret murthers sticking on his hands. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    He is often stigmatized with it, as a note of infamy, to stick by him whilst the world lasteth. Robert Sanderson.

    In their quarrels they proceed to calling names, ’till they light upon one that is sure to stick. Jonathan Swift.

    The going away of that which had staid so long, doth yet stick with me. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    I shudder at the name!
    My blood runs backward, and my fault’ring tongue
    Sticks at the sound. Edmund Smith, Phædra and Hippolitus.

    Wherefore could I not pronounce amen?
    I had most need of blessing, and amen
    Stuck in my throat. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    The knave will stick by thee, I can assure thee that: he will not out, he is true bred. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

    The first contains a sticking fast to Christ, when the Christian profession is persecuted; and the second a rising from sin, as he rose, to a new Christian life. Henry Hammond.

    Some stick to you, and some to t’other side. Dryden.

    They could not but conclude, that to be their interest, and being so convinced, pursue it and stick to it. John Tillotson.

    The advantage will be on our side, if we stick to its essentials. Joseph Addison, Freeholder.

    I am satisfied to trifle away my time, rather than let it stick by me. Alexander Pope, Letters.

    Proverbial sentences are formed into a verse, whereby they stick upon the memory. Isaac Watts.

    If the matter be knotty, the mind must stop and buckle to it, and stick upon it with labour and thought, and not leave it ’till it has mastered the difficulty. John Locke.

    Every man, besides occasional affections, has beloved studies which the mind will more closely stick to. John Locke.

    This is the difficulty that sticks with the most reasonable of those who, from conscience, refuse to join with the Revolution. Jonathan Swift.

    It is a good point of cunning for a man to shape the answer he would have in his own words and propositions; for it makes the other party stick the less. Francis Bacon.

    The church of Rome, under pretext of exposition of Scripture, doth not stick to add and alter. Francis Bacon.

    Rather than impute our miscarriages to our own corruption, we do not stick to arraign providence itself. Roger L'Estrange.

    Every one without hesitation supposes eternity, and sticks not to ascribe infinity to duration. John Locke.

    That two bodies cannot be in the same place is a truth that no body any more sticks at, than at this maxim, that it is impossible for the same thing to be, and not to be. John Locke.

    To stick at nothing for the publick interest is represented as the refined part of the Venetian wisdom. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

    Some stick not to say, that the parson and attorney forged a will. Arbuthnot.

    If we should fail.
    ———— We fail!
    But screw your courage to the sticking place,
    And we’ll not fail. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    They never doubted the commons; but heard all stuck in the lords house, and desired the names of those who hindered the agreement between the lords and commons. Edward Hyde.

    He threw: the trembling weapon pass’d
    Through nine bull-hides, each under other plac’d
    On his broad shield, and stuck within the last. Dryden.

    Where they stick, they are not to be farther puzzled by putting them upon finding it out themselves. John Locke.

    They will stick long at part of a demonstration, for want of perceiving the connexion of two ideas, that, to one more exercised, is as visible as any thing. John Locke.

    Souls a little more capacious can take in the connexion of a few propositions; but if the chain be prolix, here they stick and are confounded. Isaac Watts, Improvement of the Mind.

    His flesh is consumed away that it cannot be seen, and his bones that were not seen stick out. Job xxxiii. 21.


  1. stick

    A stick is a long, slender and cylindrical object typically made of wood, and can be used for various purposes, such as support, tool, weapon, or for playing sports.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Stickverb

    a small shoot, or branch, separated, as by a cutting, from a tree or shrub; also, any stem or branch of a tree, of any size, cut for fuel or timber

  2. Stickverb

    any long and comparatively slender piece of wood, whether in natural form or shaped with tools; a rod; a wand; a staff; as, the stick of a rocket; a walking stick

  3. Stickverb

    anything shaped like a stick; as, a stick of wax

  4. Stickverb

    a derogatory expression for a person; one who is inert or stupid; as, an odd stick; a poor stick

  5. Stickverb

    a composing stick. See under Composing. It is usually a frame of metal, but for posters, handbills, etc., one made of wood is used

  6. Stickverb

    a thrust with a pointed instrument; a stab

  7. Sticknoun

    to penetrate with a pointed instrument; to pierce; to stab; hence, to kill by piercing; as, to stick a beast

  8. Sticknoun

    to cause to penetrate; to push, thrust, or drive, so as to pierce; as, to stick a needle into one's finger

  9. Sticknoun

    to fasten, attach, or cause to remain, by thrusting in; hence, also, to adorn or deck with things fastened on as by piercing; as, to stick a pin on the sleeve

  10. Sticknoun

    to set; to fix in; as, to stick card teeth

  11. Sticknoun

    to set with something pointed; as, to stick cards

  12. Sticknoun

    to fix on a pointed instrument; to impale; as, to stick an apple on a fork

  13. Sticknoun

    to attach by causing to adhere to the surface; as, to stick on a plaster; to stick a stamp on an envelope; also, to attach in any manner

  14. Sticknoun

    to compose; to set, or arrange, in a composing stick; as, to stick type

  15. Sticknoun

    to run or plane (moldings) in a machine, in contradistinction to working them by hand. Such moldings are said to be stuck

  16. Sticknoun

    to cause to stick; to bring to a stand; to pose; to puzzle; as, to stick one with a hard problem

  17. Sticknoun

    to impose upon; to compel to pay; sometimes, to cheat

  18. Stickverb

    to adhere; as, glue sticks to the fingers; paste sticks to the wall

  19. Stickverb

    to remain where placed; to be fixed; to hold fast to any position so as to be moved with difficulty; to cling; to abide; to cleave; to be united closely

  20. Stickverb

    to be prevented from going farther; to stop by reason of some obstacle; to be stayed

  21. Stickverb

    to be embarrassed or puzzled; to hesitate; to be deterred, as by scruples; to scruple; -- often with at

  22. Stickverb

    to cause difficulties, scruples, or hesitation

  23. Etymology: [OE. stikien, v.t. & i., combined with steken, whence E. stuck), AS. stician, v.t. & i., and (assumed) stecan, v.t.; akin to OFries. steka, OS. stekan, OHG. stehhan, G. stechen, and to Gr. to prick, Skr. tij to be sharp. Cf. Distinguish, Etiquette, Extinct, Instigate, Instinct, Prestige, Stake, Steak, Stick, n., Stigma, Stimulate, Sting, Stitch in sewing, Style for or in writing.]


  1. Stick

    Stick is a fictional American comic book character owned by Marvel Comics who appears in that company's Marvel Universe.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Stick

    stik, v.t. to stab: to thrust in: to fasten by piercing: to fix in: to set with something pointed: to cause to adhere.—v.i. to hold to: to remain: to stop: to be hindered: to hesitate, to be embarrassed or puzzled: to adhere closely in affection:—pa.t. and pa.p. stuck.—ns. Stick′er, one who kills pigs, &c.: one who sticks to anything; Stick′ing, the act of stabbing; Stick′ing-place, the point at which a thing sticks or stays; Stick′ing-plas′ter, an adhesive plaster for closing wounds; Stick′-in-the-mud, an old fogy; Stick′it-min′ister (Scot.), a licentiate who never gets a pastoral charge.—Stick at, to hesitate: to persist at; Stick by, to be firm in supporting, to adhere closely to; Stick out, to be prominent, project; Stick pigs, to hunt wild hogs on horseback and transfix them with the spear; Stick to, to persevere in holding to; Stick up, to stand up: to waylay and plunder, as a mail-coach by bushrangers; Stick up for, to speak or act in defence of.—Be stuck on (U.S.), to be enamoured of; Stuck up, conceited. [A.S. stecan (assumed); Ger. stechen, Dut. steken; also A.S. stician, Ger. stecken, to set, stick fast.]

  2. Stick

    stik, n. a small shoot or branch cut off a tree: a staff or walking-stick: anything in the form of a stick, a cudgel: a piece of printers' furniture used to lock up a form in a chase, a printer's composing-stick: a stiff, stupidly obstinate person.—v.t. to furnish or set with sticks: to arrange in a composing-stick.—n. Stick′-in′sect, a walking-stick or phasmid insect. [A.S. sticca; Ice. stika.]

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. STICK

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Stick is ranked #45886 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Stick surname appeared 465 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Stick.

    79.1% or 368 total occurrences were White.
    15.7% or 73 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    2.8% or 13 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.9% or 9 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'stick' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4750

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'stick' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1094

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'stick' in Nouns Frequency: #1503

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'stick' in Verbs Frequency: #340

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of stick in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of stick in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of stick in a Sentence

  1. Animal Planet:

    She's one of the only giraffes at the Dallas Zoo who can stick her long tongue out on cue!

  2. Michael Kelly:

    Were going to stick by our guns.

  3. Jayce Tingler:

    We know we have to do our job as a team. Nothing really changed as far as the game plan, we really had to stick to what we do best and that's grind out at-bats and play good defense behind our pitchers.

  4. Malcolm Forbes:

    If you don't know what to do with many of the papers piled on your desk, stick a dozen colleagues' initials on 'em, and pass them along. When in doubt, route.

  5. The Australian:

    I think the stress of being number one in the world is a motivating factor for me just because I don't want to lose it, it's really important for me to make sure I stick to my processes and do all the hard work I can to try to stay there for as long as I can.

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Translations for stick

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • stokAfrikaans
  • غُصَيْن, اصبع, عصاArabic
  • пръчка, бастун, лепя, заяждам, запазвам се, мятамBulgarian
  • སྦྱུག་པTibetan Standard
  • pegañBreton
  • barra, garrot, bastó, estic, enganxar, apegarCatalan, Valencian
  • klacek, hůl, lepit se, lepitCzech
  • ffonWelsh
  • stav, stok, pind, kvist, kæp, gearstang, stangDanish
  • Schaltknüppel, Stock, Stab, kleben, dabeibleiben, steckenbleiben, stocken, stecken, stechenGerman
  • βέργα, κλαρί, ράβδος, μπαστούνι, μοχλός, ραβδίGreek
  • astilla, bastón, palo de hockey, palanca de mando, ramita, palo, barra, palanca de cambios, clavar, pegarse, atascarse, poner, pegar, permanecerSpanish
  • keppEstonian
  • makilaBasque
  • چوب, چوبکPersian
  • puikko, patukka, keppi, jääkiekkomaila, pala, levy, sauva, oksa, tikku, kävelykeppi, maila, vaihdekeppi, ohjaussauva, risu, [[lisätä]] [[pistokkaista]], epäröidä, tarttua, takertua, pysyä, pitää kiinni, laittaa, pistää, [[suorittaa]] [[täydellisesti]], liimata, kiinnittää, kiinnittyä, juuttua, pitäytyä, pannaFinnish
  • canne, crosse, bâton, planter, bouturer, coincer, rester, coller, ficherFrench
  • craobh, bata, maide, camán, maide hacaIrish
  • מקלHebrew
  • छड़ीHindi
  • bot, pálca, ragaszt, ragadHungarian
  • ձեռնափայտ, փայտArmenian
  • tongkat, ranting, tempelIndonesian
  • prikIcelandic
  • rametto, barretta, bastone, barra, volante, barra di controllo, stecca, asta, gomma, attaccare, attaccarsiItalian
  • 小枝, 棒, スティック, シフトレバー, 操縦桿, 枝, ステッキ, 杖, マニュアル, 動かなくなる, 引っかかる, 付ける, 続ける, 味方, 置く, 刺す, 突く, 付く, 粘着, 貼る, 嵌る, つきまとうJapanese
  • ტოტი, წნელი, წკეპლა, ჯოხიGeorgian
  • 막대기Korean
  • گێڕ, گۆچان, بنێشت, چیلکه‌دار, دار, نوساندن, چه‌قاندنKurdish
  • baculum, virga, caduceusLatin
  • lazdaLithuanian
  • žagars, rīksteLatvian
  • ластегарка, стап, менувач, прачка, бастун, се прилепува, заглавува, се залепува, забодуваMacedonian
  • വടിMalayalam
  • мөчирMongolian
  • काठीMarathi
  • batangMalay
  • တုတ်Burmese
  • stok, tak, takje, kleven, plakken, blijven steken, stekken, volhouden, neergooienDutch
  • kjepp, stokk, kvist, hockeykølle, girspakNorwegian
  • gałązka, patyk, laska, kijPolish
  • pau, vara, alavanca de câmbio, graveto, galho, bastão, bengala, colar, enfiar, cravar, grudar, emperrar, ficar enfiadoPortuguese
  • creangă, băț, baston, nuia, înfige, lipi, agățaRomanian
  • прут, палка, клюка, клюшка, трость, посох, заедать, приклеить, приклеиваться, прилипнуть, защемлять, приклеивать, приклеиться, прилипать, застревать, вкалывать, застрять, втыкать, защемитьRussian
  • palicaSlovene
  • degë, shkopAlbanian
  • klubba, kvist, gren, käpp, stav, pinne, hockeyklubba, stör, fästa, ställ, sätt, fastna, placeraSwedish
  • fimbo, kijitiSwahili
  • чӯбTajik
  • แขนง, กิ่ง, ดุ้นThai
  • dayak, sopa, çubuk, baston, yapışmak, batırmak, bağlı kalmakTurkish
  • палицяUkrainian
  • thanhVietnamese
  • staf, klebön, kleibönVolapük
  • plaker, colerWalloon
  • שטעקן, צוקלעפּןYiddish
  • induku, uthi, intongaZulu

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