adjective (stickier; -est) Date: 1731 1. a. adhesive b. (1) viscous, gluey (2) coated with a sticky substance <
hands sticky with sap
2. humid, muggy; also clammy 3. tending to stick <
a sticky window
4. a. disagreeable, unpleasant <
came to a sticky end
b. awkward, stiff c. difficult, problematic <
a sticky situation
5. excessively sentimental ; cloyingstickily adverbstickiness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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