stick – Wiktionary

admin 0
stick - Wiktionary



Etymology 1[edit]

From Center English stikke (stick, rod, twig), from Previous English sticca (rod, twig), from Proto-Germanic *stikkô, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)teyg- (to pierce, prick, be sharp). Cognate with Saterland Frisian Stikke (stick), West Flemish stik (stick).


stick (countable and uncountable, plural sticks)

  1. An elongated piece of wooden or comparable materials, usually put to some use, for instance as a wand or baton.
    1. Fungi rising on a stick of wooden

      A small, skinny department from a tree or bush; a twig; a department.

      Synonyms: department, twig, rice (dialectal), kindling, brush (uncountable)

      The beaver’s dam was made out of sticks.

      • 2013 July-August, Henry Petroski, “Geothermal Vitality”, in American Scientist, quantity 101, quantity 4:

        Vitality has seldom been discovered the place we’d like it once we need it. Historical nomads, wishing to keep off the night chill and luxuriate in a meal round a campfire, needed to accumulate wooden after which spend effort and time coaxing the warmth of friction out from between sticks to kindle a flame.

    2. A comparatively lengthy, skinny piece of wooden, of any measurement.

      I discovered a number of good sticks within the brush heap.

      What do you name a boomerang that will not come again? A stick.

      • 1887, August 23, “At Work on the Thistle”, in (Please present the e book title or journal title):

        It’s a wonderful stick, about 70 toes lengthy.

    3. (US) A timber board, particularly a two by 4 (inches).
      Synonym: two by 4

      I discovered sufficient sticks in dumpsters at development websites to construct my shed.

    4. A cane or strolling stick (often picket, steel or plastic) to help in strolling.
      Synonyms: cane, strolling stick

      I don’t want my stick to stroll, nevertheless it’s useful.

      • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 23, in The Mirror and the Lamp:

        The slightest effort made the affected person cough. He would stand leaning on a stick and holding a hand to his facet, and when the paroxysm had handed it left him shaking.

    5. A cudgel or truncheon (often of wooden, steel or plastic), particularly one carried by police or guards.

      As quickly because the battle began, the guards got here in swinging their sticks.

    6. (carpentry) The vertical member of a cope-and-stick joint.
      • 1997, Joseph Beals, “Constructing Inside Doorways”, in Doorways, Taunton Press, →ISBN, web page 82:

        When slicing the door elements, I reduce all of the copes first, then the sticks.

    7. (nautical) A mast or a part of a mast of a ship; additionally, a yard.
    8. (figuratively) A bit (of furnishings, particularly if picket).
      Synonyms: piece, merchandise

      We had been so poor we did not have one stick of furnishings.

      • 1862, W.M. Thackeray, The Adventures of Philip, printed in Harper’s New Month-to-month Journal quantity XXV version, web page 242:

        It’s greater than poor Philip is value, with all his financial savings and his little sticks of furnishings.

  2. Any roughly cylindrical (or rectangular) unit of a substance.

    Sealing wax is obtainable as a cylindrical or rectangular stick.

    1. (mainly Canada, US) A small rectangular block, with a size a number of instances its width, which comprises by quantity one half of a cup of shortening (butter, margarine or lard).

      The recipe requires half a stick of butter.

    2. An ordinary rectangular (usually skinny) piece of chewing gum.

      Don’t hog all that gum, give me a stick!

    3. (slang) A cigarette (often a tobacco cigarette, much less usually a marijuana cigarette).
      Synonyms: joint, reefer

      Cigarettes are taxed at one greenback per stick.

  3. Materials or objects connected to a stick or the like.
    1. A bunch of one thing wrapped round or connected to a stick.

      My dad and mom purchased us every a stick of cotton sweet.

    2. (archaic) A scroll that’s rolled round (mounted on, connected to) a stick.
      • 1611, The Bible, King James Model version, Ezekiel 37:16:

        Furthermore, thou son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon it []

    3. (army) The construction to which a set of bombs in a bomber plane are connected and which drops the bombs when it’s launched. The bombs themselves and, by extension, any load of comparable gadgets dropped in fast succession akin to paratroopers or containers.
      Synonym: practice
      • 2001, Raymond Mitchell, Commando Despatch Rider, →ISBN, web page 70:

        Scores of transport planes streamed in to drop stick after stick of containers till all the sky over the coast was polka-dotted with brightly colored parachutes.

      • 2006, Holly Aho, From Right here to There, →ISBN, web page 48:

        James and I had been in the identical stick of 5 guys going by way of free fall faculty final September.

  4. A software, management, or instrument formed considerably like a stick.
    1. (US, colloquial) A guide transmission, a automobile geared up with a guide transmission, so known as due to the stick-like, i.e. twig-like, management (the gear shift) with which the motive force of such a automobile controls its transmission.
      Synonyms: stickshift, gearstick

      I grew up driving a stick, however many individuals my age didn’t.

      1. the stick-shift lever in a guide transmission automobile

        (US, colloquial, uncountable) Automobiles, collectively, geared up with guide transmissions.

        I grew up driving stick, however many individuals my age did not.

    2. (aviation) The management column of an plane; a joystick. (By conference, a wheel-like management mechanism with a handgrip on reverse sides, much like the steering wheel of an vehicle, can be known as the “stick”, though “yoke” or “management wheel” is extra generally seen.)
    3. (aviation, uncountable) Use of the stick to manage the plane.
      • 1941, Jay D. Blaufox, 33 Classes in Flying, web page 47:

        For instance: in making a flip, do you have to throw on an excessive amount of stick and never sufficient rudder, you will sideslip.

    4. (computing) A reminiscence stick.
      • 2007, Could 1, “Enterprise Traveler”, in Tech entrance: Alex Fethiere takes eleven notable portables for a high-tech test-drive:

        For final presentation portability, a Powerpoint may be saved to a stick as photographs.

    5. (dated, letterpress typography) A composing stick, the software utilized by compositors to assemble traces of sort.
      • 1854, Thomas Ford, The Compositor’s Handbook, web page 125:

        [] though the headings might usually be in different sort, nonetheless, as these are composed in the identical stick, they can’t fail to justify; []

    6. (jazz, slang) The clarinet.
      Synonyms: licorice stick, liquorice stick
      • 1948, Frederic Ramsey, Jr., “Deep Sea Rider”, in Charles Harvey, editor, Jazz Parody: Anthology of Jazz Fiction:

        Arsene, boy, ain’t you apprehensive about your clarinet? The place’d you permit that stick, man?

  5. (sports activities) A stick-like merchandise:
    1. two hockey sticks, for the goalie at proper

      (sports activities, generically) A protracted skinny implement used to manage a ball or puck in sports activities like hockey, polo, and lacrosse.

      Tripping with the stick is a violation of the foundations.

    2. (horse racing) The brief whip carried by a jockey.
    3. (boardsports) A board as utilized in board sports activities, akin to a surfboard, snowboard, or skateboard.
    4. (golf) The pole bearing a small flag that marks the opening.
      Synonyms: pin, flagstick

      His wedge shot bounced off the stick and went within the gap.

    5. (US, slang, uncountable) The cue utilized in billiards, pool, snooker, and many others.
      His stroke with that two-piece stick is an effective as anyone’s within the membership.
      1. The sport of pool, or a person pool sport.

        He shoots a imply stick of pool.

  6. (sports activities, uncountable) Means; particularly:
    1. (golf) The long-range driving capacity of a golf membership.
      • 1988, William Hallberg, The Rub of the Inexperienced, web page 219:

        I doubted that the three iron was sufficient stick.

    2. (baseball) The potential hitting energy of a particular bat.
    3. (baseball) Basic hitting capacity.
      • 2002, Could 19, “Simply Want A Little Mo”, in New York Every day Information:

        Vaughn has to hit and maintain hitting or this might be one other yr when the Mets do not have sufficient stick to win.

    4. (subject hockey or ice hockey) The potential accuracy of a hockey stick, implicating additionally the participant utilizing it.
  7. (slang, dated) An individual or group of individuals. (Maybe, in some senses, as a result of persons are, broadly talking, tall and skinny, like items of wooden.)
    1. A skinny or wiry particular person; significantly a flat-chested girl.
      • 1967, Cecelia Holland, Rakóssy, web page 39:

        “She’s a stick, this one. She lacks your—” he patted her left breast— “gear.”

    2. (magic) An assistant planted within the viewers.
      Synonyms: plant, shill
      • 2001, Paul Quarrington, The Spirit Cupboard, web page 255:

        The child was a stick, a plant, a scholar from UNLV who picked up a couple of dollars nightly by saying the phrases “seven of hearts.”

    3. A stiff, stupidly obstinate particular person.
    4. (army aviation, from joystick) A fighter pilot.
    5. (army, South Africa) A small group of (infantry) troopers.
      • 2007, Bart Wolffe, Persona Non Grata, →ISBN, web page 245:

        I bear in mind once we dreaded the rain, as our stick of troopers walked by way of the damp, tick-infested lengthy grass of the Zambezi valley, []

  8. Encouragement or punishment, or (ensuing) vigour or different improved habits.
    1. A damaging stimulus or a punishment. (This sense derives from the metaphor of utilizing a stick, an extended piece of wooden, to poke or beat a beast of burden to compel it to maneuver ahead. Examine carrot.)
      • 1998, January 23, “Judicial activism has ushered in hope”, in (Please present the e book title or journal title):

        What about contempt? Is not it utilized by the judiciary as a stick to dissuade folks from writing or speaking about them?

    2. (slang, uncountable) Corporal punishment; beatings.
      • 1999, Eve McDougall, A Depraved Fist, →ISBN, web page 69:

        The kid killers bought some stick. I noticed a lady throw a basin of scalding water over a child killer.

    3. (slang) Vigor; spirit; effort, power, depth.

      He actually gave that digging some stick.

      = he threw himself into the duty of digging

      She actually gave that bully some stick.

      = she berated him (this sense melts into the earlier sense, “punishment”)

      Give it some stick!

      • 1979, Don Bannister, Sam Chard, →ISBN, web page 185:

        ‘Choir gave it some stick on “Unto Us a Son is Born.”‘ ¶ Cynthia nodded. ¶ ‘It was all the time one in every of Russell’s favourites. He makes them strive onerous on that.’

    4. (slang) Vigorous driving of a automobile; fuel.
      • 2006, Martyn J. Go & Dani Go, Ready for Purple, →ISBN, web page 163:

        Skunk actually gave it some stick all the best way to Caliban’s place, we handed few Coppers however all of them appeared to show the blind eye.

  9. A measure.
    1. (out of date) An English Imperial unit of size equal to 2 inches.
      • 1921, Elmer Davis, Historical past of the New York Occasions, 1851-1921, web page 61:

        There was one other speech in that day’s information — a speech which The Occasions printed on the entrance web page as a result of it was a part of a front-page story, and in full — it was solely two sticks lengthy; printed in full simply after the for much longer invocation by the officiating clergyman []

    2. (archaic, uncommon) A amount of eels, often 25.
      Synonyms: stich, broach
Utilization notes[edit]
  • (furnishings): Usually used within the damaging, or in contexts expressive of poverty or lack.
Derived phrases[edit]

Be aware: Phrases derived from the verb are discovered additional under.

The translations under must be checked and inserted above into the suitable translation tables, eradicating any numbers. Numbers don’t essentially match these in definitions. See directions at Wiktionary:Entry structure § Translations.


stick (third-person singular easy current sticks, current participle sticking, easy previous and previous participle sticked)

  1. (carpentry) To chop a bit of wooden to be the stick member of a cope-and-stick joint.
  2. (transitive, printing, slang, dated) To compose; to set, or organize, in a composing stick.
    to stick sort
  3. (transitive) To furnish or set with sticks.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Center English stiken (to stay, pierce, stab, stay embedded, be fixed), from Previous English stician (to pierce, stab, stay embedded, be fixed), from Proto-Germanic *stikōną (to pierce, prick, be sharp) (evaluate additionally the associated Proto-Germanic *stikaną, whence West Frisian stekke, Low German steken, Dutch steken, German stechen; evaluate additionally Danish stikke, Swedish sticka), from Proto-Indo-European *stig-, *steyg- (to pierce, prick, be sharp).

Cognate with the primary etymology (similar PIE root, completely different paths by way of Germanic and Previous English), to sew, and to etiquette, through French étiquette – see there for additional dialogue.


stick (uncountable)

  1. (motor racing) The traction of tires on the highway floor.
  2. (fishing) The quantity of fishing line resting on the water floor earlier than a forged; line stick.
    • 2004, Simon Gawesworth, Spey Casting[1], →ISBN, web page 47:

      Drawback: Plenty of stick and an absence of power on the ahead stroke.

  3. A thrust with a pointed instrument; a stab.


stick (third-person singular easy current sticks, current participle sticking, easy previous and previous participle caught or (archaic) sticked)

  1. (intransitive) To turn out to be or stay connected; to stick.
    • 1577, Raphaell Holinshed; Richard Stanihurst, “[The Historie of Irelande.] The Thirde Booke of the Historie of Eire, Comprising the Raigne of Henry the Eyght: […].”, in The Firste Quantity of the Chronicles of England, Scotlande, and Irelande [], quantity I, London: [] [Henry Bynneman] for Iohn Harrison, OCLC 55195564, pages 77–78, column 2:

      The Residents of their rage, imagining that euery poſt within the Churche had bin one in every of ye Souldyers, ſhot habbe or nabbe at randon[sic, meaning random] uppe to the Roode lofte, and to the Chancell, leauing ſome of theyr arrowes ſticking within the Photographs.

    The tape won’t stick if it melts.

  2. (intransitive) To jam; to cease shifting.

    The lever sticks in the event you push it too far up.

  3. (transitive) To tolerate, to endure, to stay with.
    • 1998, Patrick McEvoy, Educating the Future GP: the course organizer’s handbook, web page 7:

      Why do most course organizers stick the job for lower than 5 years?

  4. (intransitive) To persist.

    His outdated nickname caught.

    • 2011 December 10, David Ornstein quoting David Moyes, “Arsenal 1-Zero Everton”, in BBC Sport:

      “Our crew did brilliantly to be within the sport. We caught at it and did job. That is disappointing however we’ll take into consideration the following sport tomorrow.”

  5. (intransitive) Of snow, to stay frozen on touchdown.
  6. (intransitive) To stay loyal; to stay agency.
    • 2007, Amanda Lamb, Smotherhood: Wickedly Humorous Confessions from the Early Years:

      What I get from work makes me a greater mom, and what I get from being a mom makes me a greater journalist. A minimum of that is my story and I am sticking to it.

    Simply stick to your technique, and you’ll win.

  7. (dated, intransitive) To hesitate, to be reluctant; to refuse (in damaging phrases).
    • 1609, William Shakespeare, Sonnet 10,[2]
      For thou artwork so possess’d with murderous hate
      That ’gainst thyself thou stick’st to not conspire.
    • 1712, John Arbuthnot, Legislation is a Bottomless Pit, London: John Morphew, Chapter 1,[3]
      Some stick to not say, that the Parson and Legal professional forg’d a Will, for which they had been nicely Paid []
    • 1716, Thomas Browne, Christian Morals, 2nd version edited by Samuel Johnson, London: J. Payne, 1756, Half I, p. 12,[4]
      Although a cup of chilly water from some hand is probably not with out its reward, but stick not thou for wine and oil for the injuries of the distressed []
    • 1740, James Blair, Our Saviour’s divine sermon on the mount […] defined, quantity 3, web page 26:
      And so cautious had been they to place off the Honour of nice Actions from themselves, and to centre it upon God, that they caught not typically to depreciate themselves that they may extra effectually honour him.
    • 1742, Samuel Richardson, Pamela, Quantity 3, Letter 37, p. 375,[5]
      For he that sticks not at one unhealthy Motion, won’t scruple one other to vindicate himself: And so, Satan-like, turn out to be the Tempter, and the Accuser too!
    • 1743, Thomas Stackhouse, A Compleat Physique of Speculative and Sensible Divinity, version 3 (London), web page 524:
      The First-fruits had been a standard Oblation to their Deities; however the chief A part of their Worship consisted in sacrificiing Animals : And this they did out of an actual Persuasion, that their Gods had been happy with their Blood, and had been nourished with the Smoke, and Nidor of them; and subsequently the extra pricey, they thought them the extra acceptable, for which Cause, they caught not typically to regale them with human Sacrifices.
  8. (dated, intransitive) To be puzzled (at one thing), have problem understanding.
    • 1706, John Locke, Of the Conduct of the Understanding, Cambridge: J. Nicholson, 1781, pp. 48-49,[6]
      He that has to do with younger students, particularly in arithmetic, might understand how their minds open by levels, and the way it’s train alone that opens them. Generally they’ll stick a very long time at part of an illustration, not for need of perceiving the connection of two concepts; that, to at least one whose understanding is extra exercised, is as seen as any factor may be.
  9. (dated, intransitive) To trigger difficulties, scruples, or hesitation.
    • 1708, Jonathan Swift, The Sentiments of a Church-of-England-Man, with respect to Faith and Authorities, in The Works of Jonathan Swift, seventh version, Edinburgh: G. Hamilton et al., 1752, Quantity I, Miscellanies in Prose, p. 73,[7]
      [] that is the Problem that seemeth mainly to stick with probably the most affordable of these, who, from a mere Scruple of Conscience, refuse to affix with us upon the Revolution Precept [] .
  10. (transitive) To connect with glue or as if by gluing.

    Stick the label on the jar.

  11. (transitive) To put, set down (rapidly or carelessly).

    Stick your bag over there and include me.

    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 8, in Mr. Pratt’s Sufferers:

      Afore we bought to the shanty Colonel Applegate caught his head out of the door. His mood had been getting raggeder on a regular basis, and the sousing he bought when he fell overboard had nearly ripped what was left of it to ravellings.

  12. (transitive) To press (one thing with a pointy level) into one thing else.

    The balloon will pop after I stick this pin in it.

    to stick a needle into one’s finger
    1. (transitive, now solely in dialects) To stab.
      • circa 1583, John Jewel, in a sermon republished in 1847 in The Works of John Jewel, Bishop of Salisbury, portion 2, web page 969:
        In sure of their sacrifices that they had a lamb, they sticked him, they killed him, and made sacrifice of him: this lamb was Christ the Son of God, he was killed, sticked, and made a sweet-smelling sacrifice for our sins.
      • 1596-97, William Shakespeare, The Service provider of Venice, Act III Scene 1
        Thou stickest a dagger in me: I shall by no means see my gold once more: fourscore ducats at a sitting! fourscore ducats!
      • 1809, Grafton’s chronicle, or historical past of England, quantity 2, web page 135:
        [] would haue [=have] sticked him with a dagger []
      • 1814 July 7, [Walter Scott], Waverley; [], quantity (please specify |quantity=I, II, or III), Edinburgh:  [] James Ballantyne and Co. for Archibald Constable and Co.; London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, OCLC 270129598:

        It was a disgrace [] to stick him beneath the opposite gentleman’s arm whereas he was redding the fray.

      • 1908, The Northeastern Reporter, quantity 85, web page 693:
        The defendant stated he did not shoot; “he sticked him with a knife.”
  13. (transitive) To repair on a pointed instrument; to impale.
    to stick an apple on a fork
  14. (transitive, archaic) To adorn or deck with issues fixed on as by piercing.
    • c. 1601–1602, William Shakespeare, “Twelfe Night time, or VVhat You VVill”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Printed Based on the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, printed 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act II, scene iv]:

      my shroud of white, caught all with yew

  15. (transitive, gymnastics) To carry out (a touchdown) completely.

    As soon as once more, the world champion sticks the dismount.

  16. (botany, transitive) To propagate crops by cuttings.

    Stick cuttings from geraniums promptly.

  17. (transitive, joinery) To run or aircraft (mouldings) in a machine, in contradistinction to working them by hand. Such mouldings are stated to be caught.
  18. (dated, transitive) To bring to an end; to stymie; to puzzle.
    to stick any person with a tough downside
  19. (transitive, slang, dated) To impose upon; to compel to pay; typically, to cheat.
  20. (intransitive, US, slang) To have sexual activity with.
    • 2005, Jordan Houston, Darnell Carlton, Paul Beauregard, Premro Smith, Marlon Goodwin, David Brown, and Willie Hutchinson (lyrics), “Keep Fly”, in Most Recognized Unknown[8], Sony BMG, carried out by Three 6 Mafia (that includes Younger Buck, Eight Ball, and MJG):

      You allow your lady round me; if she’s unhealthy she’s gonna get caught.

  21. (intransitive, blackjack, mainly Britain) To face pat: to stop taking any extra playing cards and finalize one’s hand.
  • (to stick): cleave, cling; see additionally Thesaurus:adhere
  • (to cease shifting): jam, stall; see additionally Thesaurus:cease
  • (to tolerate): reside with, put up with; See additionally Thesaurus:tolerate
  • (persist): abide, stick with it; see additionally Thesaurus:persevere
  • (to stay loyal): stand by, stick by
  • (to hesitate): falter, waver; see additionally Thesaurus:hesitate
  • (to be puzzled at): puzzle
  • (to connect with glue): agglutinate, conglutinate, glue, gum, paste
  • (to put): pop, set down
  • (to press into with a pointy level): pierce, prick, puncture
  • (to repair on a pointed instrument): repair, impale, stake, run by way of, transfix
  • (to bring to an end): stump, thwart
  • (to have sexual activity): have intercourse; see additionally Thesaurus:copulate
Derived phrases[edit]

Be aware: Phrases derived from the noun are discovered above.

The translations under must be checked and inserted above into the suitable translation tables, eradicating any numbers. Numbers don’t essentially match these in definitions. See directions at Wiktionary:Entry structure § Translations.
See additionally[edit]


stick (comparative sticker, superlative stickest)

  1. (casual) Prone to stick; sticking, sticky.
    A non-stick pan. A stick plaster.
    A sticker sort of glue. The stickest type of gum.
Utilization notes[edit]
  • The adjective is extra casual than nonstandard as a result of prevalence of examples akin to “non-stick pan” or “stick plaster”.
  • The comparative and superlative stay nonstandard (vs. stickier and stickiest) and are typically seen inbetween citation marks to mirror it.
Derived phrases[edit]

Etymology 3[edit]

Presumably a metaphorical use of the primary etymology (“twig, department”), probably derived from the Yiddish schtick.


stick (plural sticks)

  1. (Britain, uncountable) Criticism or ridicule.
    • 2008, Could 3, “Chris Roberts”, in It’s a stroll within the park![9]:

      I bought some stick personally due to my strolling apparel. I arrived to coaching totally kitted out in sturdy strolling boots.


Chinook Jargon[edit]


Borrowed from English stick.



  1. stick
  2. wooden, firewood
  3. tree, forest




  1. singular crucial of sticken
  2. (colloquial) first-person singular current of sticken




stick n

  1. a sting; a chew from an insect
  2. (card video games) a trick





  1. crucial of sticka.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *