AskDefine | Define sticky

Dictionary Definition

sticky adj
1 having the properties of glue [syn: gluey, glutinous, gummy, mucilaginous, pasty, viscid, viscous]
2 moist as with undried perspiration and with clothing sticking to the body; "felt sticky and chilly at the same time"
3 hot or warm and humid; "muggy weather"; "the steamy tropics"; "sticky weather" [syn: muggy, steamy]
4 hard to deal with; especially causing pain or embarrassment; "awkward (or embarrassing or difficult) moments in the discussion"; "an awkward pause followed his remark"; "a sticky question"; "in the unenviable position of resorting to an act he had planned to save for the climax of the campaign" [syn: awkward, embarrassing, unenviable]

User Contributed Dictionary





  1. Able or likely to stick.
    Is this tape sticky enough to stay on that surface?
  2. Potentially difficult to escape from.
    This is a sticky situation. We could be in this for weeks if we're not careful.
  3. (GUI design) Persistent across multiple incarnations of a widget.
    We should make the printing direction sticky so the user doesn't have to keep setting it.
  4. computing of a window Appearing on all virtual desktops.
  5. internet of threads on a bulletin board fixed at the top of the list of topics or threads so as to keep it in view.


  1. A sticky note, such as a Post-It.
    Her desk is covered with yellow stickies.
  2. A small adhesive particle found in wastepaper.


  1. In the context of "internet|bulletin boards": to fix a thread at the top of the list of topics or threads so as to keep it in view.

Extensive Definition

Stickiness or the quality of being sticky can refer to several things:
sticky in German: klebrig

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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