American English

Definition of sticky adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (stickier, stickiest)
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  1. 1made of or covered in a substance that sticks to things that touch it sticky fingers covered in jam Stir in the milk to make a soft but not sticky dough.
  2. 2(of paper, labels, etc.) with glue on one side so that you can stick it to a surface
  3. 3(informal) (of the weather) hot and damp a sticky, humid afternoon
  4. 4(informal) (of a person) feeling hot and uncomfortable synonym sweaty She felt hot and sticky after six hours on the bus.
  5. 5(informal) difficult or unpleasant a sticky situation Their relationship was going through a sticky period and they decided to go for counseling.
  6. 6(computing) (of a website) so interesting and well organized that the people who visit it stay there for a long time
  7. NAmE//ˈstɪkəli//
  8. stickiness noun
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    have sticky fingers (informal)
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    to be likely to steal something
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: sticky