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stick (n.)

Old English sticca "rod, twig, peg; spoon," from Proto-Germanic *stikkon- "pierce, prick" (source also of Old Norse stik, Middle Dutch stecke, stec, Old High German stehho, German Stecken "stick, staff"), from PIE root *steig- "to stick; pointed" (see stick (v.)). Meaning "staff used in a game" is from 1670s (originally billiards); meaning "manual gearshift lever" first recorded 1914. Alliterative connection of sticks and stones is recorded from mid-15c.; originally "every part of a building." Stick-bug is from 1870, American English; stick-figure is from 1949.

stick (v.)

Old English stician "to pierce, stab, transfix, goad," also "to remain embedded, stay fixed, be fastened," from Proto-Germanic *stik- "pierce, prick, be sharp" (source also of Old Saxon stekan, Old Frisian steka, Dutch stecken, Old High German stehhan, German stechen "to stab, prick"), from PIE *steig- "to stick; pointed" (source also of Latin instigare "to goad," instinguere "to incite, impel;" Greek stizein "to prick, puncture," stigma "mark made by a pointed instrument;" Old Persian tigra- "sharp, pointed;" Avestan tighri- "arrow;" Lithuanian stingu, stigti "to remain in place;" Russian stegati "to quilt").

Figurative sense of "to remain permanently in mind" is attested from c. 1300. Transitive sense of "to fasten (something) in place" is attested from late 13c. Stick out "project" is recorded from 1560s. Slang stick around "remain" is from 1912; stick it as a rude item of advice is first recorded 1922. Related: Stuck; sticking. Sticking point, beyond which one refuses to go, is from 1956; sticking-place, where any thing put will stay is from 1570s. Modern use generally is an echo of Shakespeare.

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Definitions of stick from WordNet
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stick (v.)
put, fix, force, or implant;
stick your thumb in the crack
Synonyms: lodge / wedge / deposit
stick (v.)
stay put (in a certain place); "We are staying in Detroit; we are not moving to Cincinnati";
Synonyms: stay / stick around / stay put
stick (v.)
stick to firmly;
Synonyms: adhere / hold fast / bond / bind / stick to
stick (v.)
be or become fixed;
The door sticks--we will have to plane it
stick (v.)
endure;
The label stuck to her for the rest of her life
stick (v.)
be a devoted follower or supporter;
She sticks to her principles
Synonyms: adhere
stick (v.)
be loyal to;
The friends stuck together through the war
Synonyms: stand by / stick by / adhere
stick (v.)
cover and decorate with objects that pierce the surface;
stick some feathers in the turkey before you serve it
stick (v.)
fasten with an adhesive material like glue;
stick the poster onto the wall
stick (v.)
fasten with or as with pins or nails;
stick the photo onto the corkboard
stick (v.)
fasten into place by fixing an end or point into something;
stick the corner of the sheet under the mattress
stick (v.)
pierce with a thrust using a pointed instrument;
he stuck the cloth with the needle
stick (v.)
pierce or penetrate or puncture with something pointed;
He stuck the needle into his finger
stick (v.)
come or be in close contact with; stick or hold together and resist separation;
The label stuck to the box
Synonyms: cling / cleave / adhere / cohere
stick (v.)
saddle with something disagreeable or disadvantageous;
They stuck me with the dinner bill
Synonyms: sting
stick (v.)
be a mystery or bewildering to;
This question really stuck me
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stick (n.)
an implement consisting of a length of wood;
the kid had a candied apple on a stick
he collected dry sticks for a campfire
stick (n.)
a small thin branch of a tree;
stick (n.)
a lever used by a pilot to control the ailerons and elevators of an airplane;
Synonyms: control stick / joystick
stick (n.)
a rectangular quarter pound block of butter or margarine;
stick (n.)
informal terms for the leg;
fever left him weak on his sticks
Synonyms: pin / peg
stick (n.)
a long implement (usually made of wood) that is shaped so that hockey or polo players can hit a puck or ball;
stick (n.)
a long thin implement resembling a length of wood;
a stick of dynamite
cinnamon sticks
stick (n.)
marijuana leaves rolled into a cigarette for smoking;
Synonyms: joint / marijuana cigarette / reefer / spliff
stick (n.)
threat of a penalty;
the policy so far is all stick and no carrot
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