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Definition of sticky adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    sticky

     adjective
    adjective
    BrE BrE//ˈstɪki//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈstɪki//
     
    (stickier, stickiest)
     
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  1. 1  made 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 is going through a sticky patch and they’ve decided to have counselling.
  6. 6(computing) (of a website) so interesting and well organized that the people who visit it stay there for a long time
  7. Extra examples It was covered in a really sticky mess. The air was hot and sticky. The paint was still slightly sticky. The rubber’s gone all sticky. I always seem to get into sticky situations on holiday. Their relationship is going through a sticky patch and they’ve decided to have counselling. sticky tapeIdioms (British English) something unpleasant that happens to somebody, for example punishment or a violent death, usually because of their own actions He'll come to a sticky end one of these days if he carries on like that. (informal) to be likely to steal something (British English, informal) a difficult situation
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: sticky