Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “sticky”

See all translations

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.
More examples

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?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “sticky” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

lamb

a young sheep, or the flesh of a young sheep eaten as meat

Word of the Day

The way we move (Verbs for walking and running)

by Kate Woodford,
March 25, 2015
​​​ This week we’re looking at interesting ways to describe the way that people move. Most of the verbs that we’ll be considering describe how fast or slow people move. Others describe the attitude or state of mind of the person walking or running. Some describe both. Starting with verbs for walking slowly,

Read More 

stackin’ p

March 30, 2015
idiom slang earning a lot of money ‘That’s a very generous present.”Yeah, well, she’s stackin’ p, innit?’

Read More