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1 implement consisting of a length of wood; "he collected dry sticks for a campfire"; "the kid had a candied apple on a stick"
2 a small thin branch of a tree
3 a lever used by a pilot to control the ailerons and elevators of an airplane [syn: control stick, joystick]
4 informal terms of the leg; "fever left him weak on his sticks" [syn: pin, peg]
5 marijuana leaves rolled into a cigarette for smoking [syn: joint, marijuana cigarette, reefer, spliff]
6 threat of a penalty; "the policy so far is all stick and no carrot"


1 fix, force, or implant; "lodge a bullet in the table" [syn: lodge, wedge, deposit] [ant: dislodge]
2 stay put (in a certain place); "We are staying in Detroit; we are not moving to Cincinnati"; "Stay put in the corner here!"; "Stick around and you will learn something!" [syn: stay, stick around, stay put] [ant: move]
3 cause to protrude or as if to protrude; "stick one's hand out of the window"; "stick one's nose into other people's business" [syn: put forward]
4 stick to firmly; "Will this wallpaper adhere to the wall?" [syn: adhere, hold fast, bond, bind, stick to]
5 be or become fixed; "The door sticks--we will have to plane it"
6 endure; "The label stuck to her for the rest of her life"
7 be a devoted follower or supporter; "The residents of this village adhered to Catholicism"; "She sticks to her principles" [syn: adhere]
8 be loyal to; "She stood by her husband in times of trouble"; "The friends stuck together through the war" [syn: stand by, stick by, adhere]
9 cover and decorate with objects that pierce the surface; "stick some feathers in the turkey before you serve it"
10 fasten with an adhesive material like glue; "stick the poster onto the wall"
11 fasten with or as with pins or nails; "stick the photo onto the corkboard"
12 fasten into place by fixing an end or point into something; "stick the corner of the sheet under the mattress"
13 pierce with a thrust using a pointed instrument; "he stuck the cloth with the needle"
14 pierce or penetrate or puncture with something pointed; "He stuck the needle into his finger"
15 come or be in close contact with; stick or hold together and resist separation; "The dress clings to her body"; "The label stuck to the box"; "The sushi rice grains cohere" [syn: cling, cleave, adhere, cohere]
16 saddle with something disagreeable or disadvantageous; "They stuck me with the dinner bill"; "I was stung with a huge tax bill" [syn: sting]
17 be a mystery or bewildering to; "This beats me!"; "Got me--I don't know the answer!"; "a vexing problem"; "This question really stuck me" [syn: perplex, vex, get, puzzle, mystify, baffle, beat, pose, bewilder, flummox, stupefy, nonplus, gravel, amaze, dumbfound] [also: stuck]

User Contributed Dictionary

see Stick



  • /stɪk/
  • /stIk/
  • Rhymes with: -ɪk

Etymology 1

From stikke (stick, rod, twig) < sticca (rod, twig) < *stikkon- (to pierce, to prick) < *steig- or *stig- (to pierce, prick, be sharp).


  1. A small branch from a tree or bush.
    The nest was made out of sticks.
  2. A relatively long, thin piece of wood, of any size.
    I found several good sticks in the scrap pile at the construction site.
  3. Any roughly cylindrical piece of a substance.
    Cigarettes are taxed at one dollar per stick.
    This wax is available as a stick.
  4. A bunch of something wrapped around or attached to a stick.
    He took a stick of newspapers from the rack at the library.
    My parents bought us each a stick of cotton candy.
  5. A standard thin block of butter or margarine.
    The recipe calls for half a stick of butter.
  6. A standard rectangular piece of chewing gum.
    Don’t hog all that gum, give me a stick!
  7. A cane to aid in walking.
    I don’t need my stick to walk, but it’s helpful.
  8. A cudgel or truncheon, especially one carried by police or guards.
    As soon as the fight started, the guards came in swinging their sticks.
  9. A negative stimulus or a punishment.
  10. A piece of furniture.
    We were so poor we didn't have one stick of furniture.
  11. A manual transmission or vehicle equipped with a manual transmission.
    I grew up driving a stick, but many Americans my age didn’t.
  12. Criticism or ridicule.
  13. A line of soldiers.
  14. A memory stick.
  15. A long thin implement used to control a ball or puck in sports like hockey, polo and lacrosse.
    That was illegal tripping with the stick.
  16. The short whip carried by a jockey.
  17. In the context of "boardsports": A board as used in board sports, such as a surfboard, snowboard, or skateboard.
  18. The pole bearing a small flag which marks the hole.
    His putt bounced off the stick and went in.
  19. golf uncountable The long-range driving ability of a golf club.
  20. baseball uncountable Hitting ability.
  21. In the context of "magic": An assistant planted in the audience.
  22. dated typesetting The tool used by compositors to form lines of type.
  23. The control column of an aircraft.
  24. aviation uncountable Use of the stick to control the aircraft.
  25. The vertical member of a cope-and-stick joint.
  26. military dated A cluster of bombs dropped in quick succession from an aircraft in order to spread them over a target area.
  27. A group of paratroopers who jump together.
  28. A line of infantry in a landing craft (usually 2 per craft)
  29. A scroll (rolled around a stick).
  30. archaic rare A quantity of eels, usually 25.
  31. An Imperial unit of length equal to 2 inches.
  32. slang uncountable Corporal punishment; beatings.
  33. Vigorous driving of a car; gas.
  34. Vigor; spirit.
  35. A thin person; particularly a flat-chested woman.
  36. An unsocial person, particularly one who is either withdrawn or stuck-up.
  37. slang dated A person having the stated quality.
  38. A marijuana cigarette.
  39. jazz slang The clarinet.
  40. The game of pool, or an individual pool game.
    He shoots a mean stick of pool.
  41. Approximately one gram of marijuana wrapped in aluminium foil in a small cylinder.
Usage notes
  • Generally used in the negative, or in contexts expressive of poverty or lack.
twig or small branch
  • Arabic:
  • Bulgarian: пръчка
  • CJKV Characters: (bàng)
  • Czech: klacek
  • Danish: pind , kvist
  • Dutch: tak, takje
  • Finnish: risu, oksa
  • German: Stock
  • Greek: κλαρί
  • Hebrew: מַקֵל (makél)
  • Irish: bata, maide, craobh (shoilire)
  • Japanese: 棒
  • Kurdish:
  • Norwegian: kvist
  • Portuguese: graveto
  • Romanian: nuia, creangă
  • Spanish: ramita, astilla
  • Swedish: kvist, pinne, gren
long piece of wood
  • Arabic: , p, p, p
  • Bulgarian: пръчка
  • Chinese: (gùn)
  • Danish: kæp , pind
  • Dutch: stok
  • Finnish: keppi, tikku
  • French: bâton
  • German: Stab
  • Hebrew: מַקֵל (makél)
  • Hungarian: bot
  • Irish: bata, maide
  • Italian: bastone
  • Japanese: 棒
  • Korean: 막대기 (makdaegi)
  • Kurdish: دار
  • Malayalam: വടി (vati)
  • Norwegian: kjepp
  • Portuguese: pau, vara
  • Romanian: băţ
  • Russian: палка
  • Spanish: palo
  • Swedish: käpp , stav , stör
  • Ukrainian: палиця (palýtsja)
cylindrical piece (of chalk, wax etc)
  • Arabic:
  • Bulgarian: бастун (bastún)
  • Danish: stav, stok, stang
  • Dutch: stok
  • Finnish: puikko, patukka, tikku
  • German: Stock
  • Greek: ράβδος (rávthos)
  • Hebrew: מַקֵל (makél)
  • Irish: bata
  • Japanese: 棒, スティック
  • Portuguese: bastão
  • Spanish: barra
  • Swedish: stav
  • Turkish: baston
cane or walking stick
  • Arabic: , p, p, p
  • Bulgarian: бастун (bastún)
  • Czech: hůl
  • Danish: stok
  • Finnish: keppi, kävelykeppi
  • French: canne
  • Greek: μπαστούνι
  • Indonesian: tongkat
  • Irish: bata, maide
  • Japanese: ステッキ , 杖
  • Kurdish:
  • Norwegian: stokk
  • Portuguese: bengala
  • Romanian: baston
  • Russian: трость (trost’)
  • Spanish: bastón
  • Swedish: käpp
  • Turkish: baston
hockey stick
  • Czech: hůl
  • Danish: stav
  • Finnish: jääkiekkomaila, maila
  • French: crosse
  • Irish: camán, maide haca
  • Japanese: スティック
  • Norwegian: hockeykølle
  • Spanish: palo de hockey
  • Swedish: hockeyklubba , klubba
gearstick, stickshift
  • Arabic: , p, p, p; , p; , p, p;
  • Danish: gearstang
  • Finnish: vaihdekeppi
  • Japanese: マニュアル
  • Kurdish:
  • Norwegian: girspak
  • Portuguese: alavanca de câmbio
  • Spanish: palanca de cambios
chewing gum
  • Finnish: pala (small rectangular), levy (long and thin)
  • Kurdish:
control column of an aircraft
  • Finnish: ohjaussauva
  • Japanese: 操縦桿
  • Spanish: palanca de mando


  1. To cut a piece of wood to be the stick member of a cope-and-stick joint.

Etymology 2

From stiken (to stick, pierce, stab, remain embedded, be fastened) < stician (to pierce, stab, remain embedded, be fastened) < Proto-Germanic *stik- (to pierce, prick, be sharp) < Proto-Indo-European *steig- or *stig- (to pierce, prick, be sharp).


  1. The traction of tires on the road surface.
  2. fishing uncountable The amount of fishing line resting on the water surface before a cast; line stick.


  1. To glue; to adhere.
    Stick the label on the jar.
  2. To become attached; to adhere.
    The tape will not stick if it melts.
  3. To jam; to stop moving.
    The lever sticks if you push it too far up.
  4. See to stick with.
  5. To persist.
    His old nickname stuck.
  6. To remain loyal; to remain firm
    Just stick to your strategy, and you will win.
  7. To place, set down (quickly or carelessly).
    Stick your bag over there and come with me.
  8. To press into with a sharp point.
    The balloon will pop when I stick this pin in it.
  9. transitive gymnastics To perform (a landing) perfectly.
    Once again, the world champion sticks the dismount.
  10. To propagate plants by cuttings.
    Stick cuttings from geraniums promptly.
Derived terms
Note: Terms derived from the noun are found above.
to glue; to adhere (transitive)
  • Breton: pegañ
  • Bulgarian: лепя
  • Dutch: kleven
  • Finnish: liimata
  • French: coller
  • German: kleben
  • Hungarian: ragasztani
  • Indonesian: tempel
  • Japanese: 貼る
  • Kurdish:
  • Portuguese: colar
  • Romanian: lipi, agăţa
  • Russian: приклеивать (prikléivat’)
  • Spanish: pegar
  • Swedish: fästa
to become attached; to adhere (intransitive'')
  • Czech: lepit
  • Dutch: kleven
  • Finnish: tarttua, kiinnittyä
  • German: kleben
  • Hungarian: ragadni
  • Portuguese: colar
  • Russian: приклеиваться (prikléivat’sja), прилипать (prilipát’)
  • Spanish: pegarse
  • Swedish: fastna
  • Turkish: yapışmak
to jam
to stick with
to persist
  • Finnish: tarttua
  • Japanese: つきまとう
to remain loyal or firm
  • Bulgarian: запазвам се (zapazvam se)
  • Dutch: neergooien
  • Finnish: pysyä, pitäytyä, pitää kiinni
  • German: dabeibleiben
  • Portuguese: ficar enfiado
  • Spanish: permanecer
  • Turkish: bağlı kalmak
to place
  • Bulgarian: мятам
  • Dutch: stekken
  • Finnish: laittaa, panna
  • Japanese: 置く
  • Portuguese: enfiar
  • Spanish: poner
  • Swedish: ställ, sätt, placera
to press into
  • Finnish: pistää
  • German: stecken, stechen
  • Japanese: 刺す
  • Kurdish:
  • Portuguese: cravar
  • Russian: вкалывать (vkályvat’), втыкать (vtykát’)
  • Spanish: clavar
  • Turkish: batırmak
to perform (a landing) perfectly
to propagate plants by cuttings



stick (p stick, def sg sticket, def pl sticken)
  1. sting; bite from an insect
  2. trick


  1. Imperative of sticka: disappear!
  2. Imperative of sticka: sting (to be bitten by an insect)

Extensive Definition

A stick generally refers to a long, slender piece of wood, usually a branch from a tree without the leaves that may be refined.
Stick may refer to:
In objects of similar shape:
The sticks may refer to:
  • The boondocks, a remote area, or a city or town that is considered unsophisticated
Stick may also refer to:
In nicknames:
In music:
  • Clapstick, a musical instrument that traditionally accompanies the didgeridoo
  • Chapman Stick, a musical instrument devised by Emmett Chapman in the early 1970s
In the military:

See also

stick in German: Stick
stick in Spanish: Stick
stick in French: Stick
stick in Italian: Stick
stick in Dutch: Stick
stick in Polish: Kij
stick in Russian: Палка
stick in Simple English: Stick
stick in Swedish: Stick

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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profiteer, project, prop, protrude, psilocin, psilocybin, psychedelic, psychic energizer, psychoactive drug, psychochemical, psychotomimetic, pull up, punch, puncheon, puncture, purely, push, put, put up, put up with, puzzle, quarterstaff, quite, rabbet, ram, rattan, ream, ream out, reefer, reinforce, reinforcement, reinforcer, remain, remain firm, remain motionless, rend, repose, rest, resting place, retain, rhythmometer, riddle, rigging, rip, rivet, roach, rob, rod, rook, root, ruler, run, run through, rupture, saber, saddle with, savage, scald, scam, scape, scarf, scorch, scotch, scrape, scratch, screw, scuff, seat, see it through, sell gold bricks, set, sew, shaft, shake, shave, sheathing, sheathing board, sheeting, shill, shillelagh, shingle, shortchange, shoulder, shove, shrink from, shroud, sideboard, siding, sink, skewer, skin, slab, slash, slat, slit, snap, soak, softwood, solder, solidify, sonometer, spar, spear, spike, spine, spit, splat, sprain, sprit, sputter and stop, stab, stabilitate, stabilize, stack the cards, staff, stake, stalk, stall, stand, stand by, stand fast, stand firm, stand for, stand no nonsense, stand on, stand out, stand still, stand the gaff, stand up, standing rigging, staple, station, stave, stay, stay it out, stay put, stay the distance, stay with it, steady, stem, stick at, stick by, stick close, stick fast, stick it, stick it out, stick of wood, stick out, stick to, stick to it, stick together, stick up, stick up for, stick with it, stiffener, stiletto, sting, stitch, stop, stop dead, stop short, stovewood, strain, strengthener, strike root, strip, stumble, stump, submit, suffer, support, supporter, surcharge, sustain, sustainer, swagger stick, swanking stick, swindle, switch, sword, tack, take a dive, take exception to, take hold of, take no denial, take root, take up with, take what comes, tap, tape, tarry, tea, tear, the boondocks, the bush, the country, the sticks, thimblerig, three-by-four, throw, throw a fight, thrust, tie, timber, timbering, timberwork, toggle, tolerate, tone measurer, tongue, totally, totem pole, tough it out, tranquilizer, transfix, transpierce, traumatize, tread water, tree, trepan, trephine, tuning bar, tuning fork, tuning pipe, twig, two-by-four, unify, unite, upholder, urge, utterly, victimize, wait, walking stick, wand, weatherboard, wedge, weed, weigh down, weld, wholly, wire, wood, work together, wound, wrench, zipper
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