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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. Glues and gluing and stickiness If the weather is sticky, it is very hot and the air feels wet.Sultriness and humidityHot and heat

sticky adjective (DIFFICULT)

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

sticky adjective (NOT WILLING)

UK informal unwilling to agree: Their bank manager was sticky about lending them the money they wanted to borrow.Unwilling and reluctantReady and willingLacking interest and enthusiasm

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)
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