Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “sticky”

sticky

adjective uk   /ˈstɪk.i/ us  

sticky adjective (NOT DRY/SMOOTH)

B1 made of or covered with a substance that stays attached to any surface it touches: sticky tape sticky fingers The floor's still sticky where I spilled the juice. The children's faces were sticky with chocolate. If the weather is sticky, it is very hot and the air feels wet.

sticky adjective (DIFFICULT)

informal difficult: There were a few sticky moments during the meeting, but everything turned out all right in the end.

sticky adjective (NOT WILLING)

UK informal unwilling to agree: Their bank manager was sticky about lending them the money they wanted to borrow.

sticky adjective (BUSINESS)

used to describe a website or shop where people like to spend a long time: Big media groups are drawn to social networking sites because of their "sticky" nature.
(Definition of sticky from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of sticky?
Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Experiencing difficulties, but you might be interested in these topics from the Easy and difficult topic area:

Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “sticky” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

mutant

an organism that is different from others of its type because of a permanent change in its genes

Word of the Day

What’s that lovely smell?

by Kate Woodford​,
October 29, 2014
As adult humans, we can distinguish about 10,000 different smells. It’s no wonder, then, that we have so many words and expressions to describe them. This week we’re taking a look at those smell words – words that describe good smells and words that describe bad smells. Most smell words are either

Read More 

high-frequency trading noun

October 27, 2014
a type of stock market trading that uses very complex technology to trade extremely quickly, often making tiny profits which nevertheless add up to substantial sums Lewis’s book, Flash Boys, is driving a huge amount of attention toward the topic of high frequency trading, and it has rekindled some of

Read More