Definition and Meanings for stick

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Part of Speech of stick

noun, transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, intransitive verb

Etymology of stick

oe. sticke, as. sticca; akin to stician to stab, prick, pierce, g. stecken a stick, staff, ohg. steccho, icel. stik a stick. see stick, v. t. 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. tij to be sharp. cf. distinguish, etiquette, extinct, instigate, instinct, prestige, stake, steak, stick, n., stigma, stimulate, sting, stitch in sewing, style for or

Meaning of stick


as noun, transitive verb

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • anything shaped like a stick; as, a stick of wax.
  • a derogatory expression for a person; one who is inert or stupid; as, an odd stick; a poor stick.
  • a composing stick. see under composing. it is usually a frame of metal, but for posters, handbills, etc., one made of wood is used.
  • a thrust with a pointed instrument; a stab.

as transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, noun

  • to penetrate with a pointed instrument; to pierce; to stab; hence, to kill by piercing; as, to stick a beast.
  • to cause to penetrate; to push, thrust, or drive, so as to pierce; as, to stick a needle into one's finger.
  • 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.
  • to set; to fix in; as, to stick card teeth.
  • to set with something pointed; as, to stick cards.
  • to fix on a pointed instrument; to impale; as, to stick an apple on a fork.
  • 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.
  • to compose; to set, or arrange, in a composing stick; as, to stick type.
  • to run or plane (moldings) in a machine, in contradistinction to working them by hand. such moldings are said to be stuck.
  • to cause to stick; to bring to a stand; to pose; to puzzle; as, to stick one with a hard problem.
  • to impose upon; to compel to pay; sometimes, to cheat.

as intransitive verb

  • to adhere; as, glue sticks to the fingers; paste sticks to the wall.
  • 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.
  • to be prevented from going farther; to stop by reason of some obstacle; to be stayed.
  • to be embarrassed or puzzled; to hesitate; to be deterred, as by scruples; to scruple; -- often with at.
  • to cause difficulties, scruples, or hesitation.

as intransitive verb

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