clingy
adjective see cling I

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  • clingy — UK [ˈklɪŋɪ] / US or clinging UK [ˈklɪŋɪŋ] / US adjective Word forms clingy : adjective clingy comparative clingier superlative clingiest informal 1) wanting to be with another person all the time in a way that is annoying 2) fitting in a way that …   English dictionary

  • clingy — (adj.) c.1710, of things, from CLING (Cf. cling) + Y (Cf. y) (2). Of persons (especially children) from 1969, though the image of a clingy vine in a relationship goes back to 1896 …   Etymology dictionary

  • clingy — [ˈklɪŋi] or clinging [ˈklɪŋɪŋ] adj informal a clingy child or person wants to be with another person all the time …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • Clingy — Cling y, a. Apt to cling; adhesive. [R.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • clingy — ► ADJECTIVE (clingier, clingiest) ▪ liable to cling; clinging. DERIVATIVES clinginess noun …   English terms dictionary

  • clingy — cling|y [ˈklıŋi] adj also cling|ing [ˈklıŋıŋ] 1.) someone who is clingy is too dependent on another person, and will often hold onto them used to show disapproval ▪ a shy, clingy child 2.) clingy clothing or material sticks tightly to your body… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • clingy — [[t]klɪ̱ŋi[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED (disapproval) If you describe someone as clingy, you mean that they become very attached to people and depend on them too much. A very clingy child can drive a parent to distraction. Syn: clinging 2) ADJ GRADED… …   English dictionary

  • clingy — also clinging adjective 1 someone who is clingy is too dependent on another person: a timid, clingy child 2 clingy clothing or material sticks tightly to your body and shows its shape …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • clingy — clinginess, n. /kling ee/, adj., clingier, clingiest. apt to cling; adhesive or tenacious: a clingy fabric. [1700 10; CLING1 + Y1] * * * …   Universalium

  • clingy — cling•y [[t]ˈklɪŋ i[/t]] adj. cling•i•er, cling•i•est apt to cling; adhesive or tenacious: a clingy fabric[/ex] • Etymology: 1700–10 cling′i•ness, n …   From formal English to slang

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