- 1 [countable] a thin piece of wood that has fallen or been broken from a tree We collected dry sticks to start a fire. The boys were throwing sticks and stones at the dog. Her arms and legs were like sticks (= very thin). for walking
- 2 [countable] (especially British English) = walking stick The old lady leant on her stick as she talked. see also shooting stick, white stick in sport
- 3[countable] a long thin object that is used in some sports to hit or control the ball a hockey stick long thin piece
- 4 [countable] (often in compounds) a long thin piece of something a stick of dynamite carrot sticks (North American English) a stick of butter see also French stick
- 5[countable] (often in compounds) a thin piece of wood or plastic that you use for a particular purpose pieces of pineapple on sticks The men were carrying spades and measuring sticks. see also chopstick, cocktail stick, drumstick, matchstick, selfie stick, yardstick of glue, etc.
- 6[countable] a quantity of a substance, such as solid glue, that is sold in a small container with round ends and straight sides, and can be pushed further out of the container as it is used see also lipstick in plane/vehicle
- 7[countable] (informal, especially North American English) the control stick of a plane see also joystick See related entries: Parts of a plane
- 8[countable] (informal, especially North American English) a handle used to change the gears of a vehicle see also gear lever, stick shift for orchestra
- 9[countable] a baton, used by the person who conducts an orchestra criticism
- 10[uncountable] (British English, informal) criticism or severe words The referee got a lot of stick from the home fans. country areas
- 11the sticks [plural] (informal, usually disapproving) country areas, a long way from cities We live out in the sticks. person
- 12[countable] (old-fashioned, British English, informal) a person He's not such a bad old stick. There are many other compounds ending in stick. You will find them at their place in the alphabet. Word Originnoun Old English sticca ‘peg, stick, spoon’, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch stek
to be the person in a group who is chosen or forced to perform an unpleasant duty or task (British English, informal) to understand something in the wrong way a fact, an argument, etc. that is used in order to blame or punish somebody
(informal) to suddenly move from your house and go to live somewhere else He upped sticks and went back to France.