Stick, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Stuck (Obs. Sticked ); p. pr. & vb. n. Sticking.]
1. To penetrate with a pointed instrument; to pierce; to stab; hence, to kill by piercing; as, to stick a beast.
And sticked him with bodkins anon. --Chaucer.
It was a shame . . . to stick him under the other gentleman's arm while he was redding the fray. --Sir W. Scott.
2. To cause to penetrate; to push, thrust, or drive, so as to pierce; as, to stick a needle into one's finger.
Thou stickest a dagger in me. --Shak.
3. 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.
My shroud of white, stuck all with yew. --Shak.
The points of spears are stuck within the shield. --Dryden.
4. To set; to fix in; as, to stick card teeth.
5. To set with something pointed; as, to stick cards.
6. To fix on a pointed instrument; to impale; as, to stick an apple on a fork.
7. 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.
8. Print. To compose; to set, or arrange, in a composing stick; as, to stick type. [Cant]
9. Joinery To run or plane (moldings) in a machine, in contradistinction to working them by hand. Such moldings are said to be stuck.
10. To cause to stick; to bring to a stand; to pose; to puzzle; as, to stick one with a hard problem. [Colloq.]
11. To impose upon; to compel to pay; sometimes, to cheat. [Slang]
To stick out, to cause to project or protrude; to render prominent.
Stuck imp. & p. p. of Stick.
Stuck, n. A thrust. [Obs.]
n 1: implement consisting of a length of wood; "he collected dry
sticks for a campfire"; "the kid had a candied apple on
2: a small thin branch of a tree
3: a lever used by a pilot to control the ailerons and
elevators of an airplane [syn: control stick, joystick]
4: informal terms of the leg; "fever left him weak on his
sticks" [syn: pin, peg]
5: marijuana leaves rolled into a cigarette for smoking [syn: joint,
marijuana cigarette, reefer, spliff]
6: threat of a penalty; "the policy so far is all stick and no
v 1: fix, force, or implant; "lodge a bullet in the table" [syn:
lodge, wedge, deposit] [ant: dislodge]
2: 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!" [syn:
stay, stick around, stay put] [ant: move]
3: cause to protrude or as if to protrude; "stick one's hand
out of the window"; "stick one's nose into other people's
business" [syn: put forward]
4: stick to firmly; "Will this wallpaper adhere to the wall?"
[syn: adhere, hold fast, bond, bind, stick to]
5: be or become fixed; "The door sticks--we will have to plane
6: endure; "The label stuck to her for the rest of her life"
7: be a devoted follower or supporter; "The residents of this
village adhered to Catholicism"; "She sticks to her
principles" [syn: adhere]
8: be loyal to; "She stood by her husband in times of trouble";
"The friends stuck together through the war" [syn: 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 an adhesive material like glue; "stick the
poster onto the wall"
11: fasten with or as with pins or nails; "stick the photo onto
12: fasten into place by fixing an end or point into something;
"stick the corner of the sheet under the mattress"
13: pierce with a thrust using a pointed instrument; "he stuck
the cloth with the needle"
14: pierce or penetrate or puncture with something pointed; "He
stuck the needle into his finger"
15: 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"
[syn: cling, cleave, adhere, cohere]
16: saddle with something disagreeable or disadvantageous; "They
stuck me with the dinner bill"; "I was stung with a huge
tax bill" [syn: sting]
17: 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" [syn: perplex, vex, get,
puzzle, mystify, baffle, beat, pose, bewilder,
flummox, stupefy, nonplus, gravel, amaze, dumbfound]
adj 1: caught or fixed; "stuck in the mud" [ant: unstuck]
2: baffled; "this problem has me completely stuck"