Able or likely to stick.
Potentially difficult to escape from.
- Is this tape sticky enough to stay on that surface?
* 2014 , Michael White, "
- This is a sticky situation. We could be in this for weeks if we're not careful.
Roll up, roll up! The Amazing Salmond will show a Scotland you won't believe", The Guardian , 8 September 2014:
(computing, informal, of a setting) Persistent.
- Salmond studied medieval Scottish history as well as economics at university so he cannot say he has not had fair warning – it was even more turbulent and bloody than England at that time – and plenty of Scotland's kings and leaders came to a sticky end.
(computing, of a window) Appearing on all virtual desktops.
(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.
(Internet, of a website) Compelling enough to keep visitors from leaving.
- We should make the printing direction sticky so the user doesn't have to keep setting it.
Of weather, hot and windless and with high humidity, so that people feel sticky from sweating.
- A woman has come to me with the complaint that her website is not "sticky" - 70% of the visits last 30 seconds or less.
* sticky-backed plastic
* sticky bit
* sticky fingers
* sticky wicket
* sticky note
A sticky note, such as a post-it note.
(manufacturing) A small adhesive particle found in wastepaper.
A sweet dessert wine.
- Her desk is covered with yellow stickies .
(Internet, bulletin boards) to fix a thread at the top of the list of topics or threads so as to keep it in view.
(obsolete) To act as referee or arbiter; to mediate.
To argue or struggle (for).
* 1897 , Henry James, What Maisie Knew :
To raise objections; to argue stubbornly, especially over minor or trivial matters.
(obsolete) To separate, as combatants; hence, to quiet, to appease, as disputants.
- ‘She has other people than poor little you to think about, and has gone abroad with them; so you needn't be in the least afraid she'll stickle this time for her rights.’
(obsolete) To intervene in; to stop, or put an end to, by intervening.
* Sir Philip Sidney
- Which [question] violently they pursue, / Nor stickled would they be.
(obsolete) To separate combatants by intervening.
- They ran to him, and, pulling him back by force, stickled that unnatural fray.
(obsolete) To contend, contest, or altercate, especially in a pertinacious manner on insufficient grounds.
- When he [the angel] sees half of the Christians killed, and the rest in a fair way of being routed, he stickles betwixt the remainder of God's host and the race of fiends.
- Fortune, as she's wont, turned fickle, / And for the foe began to stickle .
- for paltry punk they roar and stickle
- the obstinacy with which he stickles for the wrong
(UK, dialect) A shallow rapid in a river.
(UK, dialect) The current below a waterfall.
* W. Browne
- Patient anglers, standing all the day / Near to some shallow stickle or deep bay.