stick – Wiktionary



Etymology 1[edit]

From Center English stikke (stick, rod, twig), from Outdated English sticca (rod, twig), from Proto-Germanic *stikkô, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)teyg- (to pierce, prick, be sharp).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 related materials, sometimes put to some use, for instance as a wand or baton.
    1. 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 Power”, in American Scientist, quantity 101, quantity 4:

        Power has seldom been discovered the place we want it after we need it. Historic nomads, wishing to keep at bay the night chill and luxuriate in a meal round a campfire, needed to gather 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 dimension.

      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 ebook title or journal title):

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

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

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

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

      I don’t want my stick to stroll, however 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 aspect, 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 chunk (of furnishings, particularly if wood).
      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 price, with all his financial savings and his little sticks of furnishings.

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

    Sealing wax is accessible as a cylindrical or rectangular stick.

    1. (mainly Canada, US) A small rectangular block, with a size a number of occasions 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. A typical 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 hooked up to a stick or the like.
    1. A bunch of one thing wrapped round or hooked up to a stick.

      My mother and father purchased us every a stick of cotton sweet.

    2. (archaic) A scroll that’s rolled round (mounted on, hooked up 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. (navy) The construction to which a set of bombs in a bomber plane are hooked up and which drops the bombs when it’s launched. The bombs themselves and, by extension, any load of comparable objects dropped in fast succession corresponding to paratroopers or containers.
      Synonym: prepare
      • 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 college final September.

  4. A software, management, or instrument formed considerably like a stick.
    1. (US, colloquial) A guide transmission, a automobile outfitted with a guide transmission, so known as due to the stick-like, i.e. twig-like, management (the gear shift) with which the driving 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, outfitted 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 commnly 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, must you throw on an excessive amount of stick and never sufficient rudder, you will sideslip.

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

        For final presentation portability, a Powerpoint might be saved to a stick as pictures.

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

        [] though the headings could usually be in different sort, nonetheless, as these are composed in the identical stick, they can not 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 allow that stick, man?

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

      (sports activities, generically) An extended 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 principles.

    2. (horse racing) The quick whip carried by a jockey.
    3. (boardsports) A board as utilized in board sports activities, corresponding to a surfboard, snowboard, or skateboard.
    4. (golf) The pole bearing a small flag that marks the outlet.
      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 so on.
      His stroke with that two-piece stick is an efficient as anyone’s within the membership.
      1. The sport of pool, or a person pool recreation.

        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) Common hitting capacity.
      • 2002, Might 19, “Simply Want A Little Mo”, in New York Day by day Information:

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

    4. (discipline 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; notably 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 pupil from UNLV who picked up a couple of bucks nightly by saying the phrases “seven of hearts.”

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

        I keep in mind after 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 unfavourable stimulus or a punishment. (This sense derives from the metaphor of utilizing a stick, a protracted piece of wooden, to poke or beat a beast of burden to compel it to maneuver ahead. Evaluate carrot.)
      • 1998, January 23, “Judicial activism has ushered in hope”, in (Please present the ebook 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 received some stick. I noticed a girl throw a basin of scalding water over a child killer.

    3. (slang) Vigor; spirit; effort, vitality, 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 at all times one among Russell’s favourites. He makes them strive laborious on that.’

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

        Skunk actually gave it some stick all the best way to Caliban’s place, we handed a great 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 unfavourable, or in contexts expressive of poverty or lack.
Derived phrases[edit]

Notice: Phrases derived from the verb are discovered additional under.

The translations under should 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 format § Translations.


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

  1. (carpentry) To chop a chunk of wooden to be the stick member of a cope-and-stick joint.
  2. (transitive, printing, slang, dated) To compose; to set, or prepare, 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 Outdated 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, totally different paths by way of Germanic and Outdated 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 solid; line stick.
    • 2004, Simon Gawesworth, Spey Casting[1], →ISBN, web page 47:

      Drawback: Quite a lot of stick and an absence of vitality 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 change into or stay hooked up; 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 among 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 Pictures.

    The tape won’t stick if it melts.

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

    The lever sticks should 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 previous nickname caught.

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

      “Our staff did brilliantly to be within the recreation. We caught at it and did a great job. That is disappointing however we’ll take into consideration the subsequent recreation 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. At the least 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 unfavourable 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 Lawyer forg’d a Will, for which they had been effectively 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 generally 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, change into 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 typical 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 generally to regale them with human Sacrifices.
  8. (dated, intransitive) To be puzzled (at one thing), have issue 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, could understand how their minds open by levels, and the way it’s train alone that opens them. Typically they are going to stick a very long time at part of an indication, not for need of perceiving the connection of two concepts; that, to 1 whose understanding is extra exercised, is as seen as any factor might 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 Issue that seemeth mainly to stick with essentially the most affordable of these, who, from a mere Scruple of Conscience, refuse to hitch 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 position, set down (shortly or carelessly).

    Stick your bag over there and include me.

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

      Afore we received 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 received 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 underneath the opposite gentleman’s arm whereas he was redding the fray.

      • 1908, The Northeastern Reporter, quantity 85, web page 693:
        The defendant mentioned 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 Evening, or VVhat You VVill”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Revealed In line with the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, revealed 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 mentioned to be caught.
  18. (dated, transitive) To bring to an end; to stymie; to puzzle.
    to stick someone with a tough drawback
  19. (transitive, slang, dated) To impose upon; to compel to pay; generally, 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 Identified Unknown[8], Sony BMG, carried out by Three 6 Mafia (that includes Younger Buck, Eight Ball, and MJG):

      You permit your woman 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 transferring): jam, stall; see additionally Thesaurus:cease
  • (to tolerate): reside with, put up with; See additionally Thesaurus:tolerate
  • (persist): abide, keep on; 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]

Notice: Phrases derived from the noun are discovered above.

The translations under should 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 format § Translations.
See additionally[edit]


stick (comparative sticker, superlative stickest)

  1. (casual) More likely to stick; sticking, sticky.
    A non-stick pan. A stick plaster.
    A sticker sort of glue. The stickest form of gum.
Utilization notes[edit]
  • The adjective is extra casual than nonstandard because of the prevalence of examples corresponding to “non-stick pan” or “stick plaster”.
  • The comparative and superlative stay nonstandard (vs. stickier and stickiest) and are generally 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, Might 3, “Chris Roberts”, in It’s a stroll within the park![9]:

      I received 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.



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