[syn: perplex, vex, stick, get, puzzle, mystify, baffle, beat, pose, bewilder, flummox, stupefy, nonplus, gravel, amaze, dumbfound]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Stick \Stick\, n. [OE. sticke, AS. sticca; akin to stician to
stab, prick, pierce, G. stecken a stick, staff, OHG. steccho,
Icel. stik a stick. See Stick, v. t..]
1. A small shoot, or branch, separated, as by a cutting, from
a tree or shrub; also, any stem or branch of a tree, of
any size, cut for fuel or timber.
Withered sticks to gather, which might serve
Against a winter's day. --Milton.
2. Any long and comparatively slender piece of wood, whether
in natural form or shaped with tools; a rod; a wand; a
staff; as, the stick of a rocket; a walking stick.
3. Anything shaped like a stick; as, a stick of wax.
4. A derogatory expression for a person; one who is inert or
stupid; as, an odd stick; a poor stick. [Colloq.]
5. (Print.) A composing stick. See under Composing. It is
usually a frame of metal, but for posters, handbills,
etc., one made of wood is used.
6. A thrust with a pointed instrument; a stab.
A stick of eels, twenty-five eels. [Prov. Eng.]
Stick chimney, a chimney made of sticks laid crosswise, and
cemented with clay or mud, as in some log houses. [U.S.]
Stick insect, (Zool.), any one of various species of
wingless orthopterous insects of the family Phasmidae,
which have a long round body, resembling a stick in form
and color, and long legs, which are often held rigidly in
such positions as to make them resemble small twigs. They
thus imitate the branches and twigs of the trees on which
they live. The common American species is Diapheromera
femorata. Some of the Asiatic species are more than a
To cut one's stick, or To cut stick, to run away. [Slang]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Stick \Stick\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Stuck(Obs. Sticked); p.
pr. & vb. n. Sticking.] [OE. stikien, v.t. & i., combined
with steken, whence E. stuck), AS. stician, v.t. & i., and
(assumed) stecan, v.t.; akin to OFries. steka, OS. stekan,
OHG. stehhan, G. stechen, and to Gr. ? to prick, Skr. tij to
be sharp. Cf. Distinguish, Etiquette, Extinct,
Instigate, Instinct, Prestige, Stake, Steak,
Stick, n., Stigma, Stimulate, Sting, Stitch in
sewing, Style for or in writing.]
1. To penetrate with a pointed instrument; to pierce; to
stab; hence, to kill by piercing; as, to stick a beast.
And sticked him with bodkins anon. --Chaucer.
It was a shame . . . to stick him under the other
gentleman's arm while he was redding the fray. --Sir
2. To cause to penetrate; to push, thrust, or drive, so as to
pierce; as, to stick a needle into one's finger.
Thou stickest a dagger in me. --Shak.
3. To fasten, attach, or cause to remain, by thrusting in;
hence, also, to adorn or deck with things fastened on as
by piercing; as, to stick a pin on the sleeve.
My shroud of white, stuck all with yew. --Shak.
The points of spears are stuck within the shield.
4. To set; to fix in; as, to stick card teeth.
5. To set with something pointed; as, to stick cards.
6. To fix on a pointed instrument; to impale; as, to stick an
apple on a fork.
7. To attach by causing to adhere to the surface; as, to
stick on a plaster; to stick a stamp on an envelope; also,
to attach in any manner.
8. (Print.) To compose; to set, or arrange, in a composing
stick; as, to stick type. [Cant]
9. (Joinery) To run or plane (moldings) in a machine, in
contradistinction to working them by hand. Such moldings
are said to be stuck.
10. To cause to stick; to bring to a stand; to pose; to
puzzle; as, to stick one with a hard problem. [Colloq.]
11. To impose upon; to compel to pay; sometimes, to cheat.
To stick out, to cause to project or protrude; to render
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Stick \Stick\, v. i.
1. To adhere; as, glue sticks to the fingers; paste sticks to
The green caterpillar breedeth in the inward parts
of roses not blown, where the dew sticketh. --Bacon.
2. To remain where placed; to be fixed; to hold fast to any
position so as to be moved with difficulty; to cling; to
abide; to cleave; to be united closely.
A friend that sticketh closer than a brother.
I am a kind of bur; I shall stick. --Shak.
If on your fame our sex a bolt has thrown,
'T will ever stick through malice of your own.
3. To be prevented from going farther; to stop by reason of
some obstacle; to be stayed.
I had most need of blessing, and "Amen"
Stuck in my throat. --Shak.
The trembling weapon passed
Through nine bull hides, . . . and stuck within the
4. To be embarrassed or puzzled; to hesitate; to be deterred,
as by scruples; to scruple; -- often with at.
They will stick long at part of a demonstration for
want of perceiving the connection of two ideas.
Some stick not to say, that the parson and attorney
forged a will. --Arbuthnot.
5. To cause difficulties, scruples, or hesitation.
This is the difficulty that sticks with the most
To stick by.
(a) To adhere closely to; to be firm in supporting. "We
are your only friends; stick by us, and we will stick
by you." --Davenant.
(b) To be troublesome by adhering. "I am satisfied to
trifle away my time, rather than let it stick by me."
To stick out.
(a) To project; to be prominent. "His bones that were not
seen stick out." --Job xxxiii. 21.
(b) To persevere in a purpose; to hold out; as, the
garrison stuck out until relieved. [Colloq.]
To stick to, to be persevering in holding to; as, to stick
to a party or cause. "The advantage will be on our side if
we stick to its essentials." --Addison.
To stick up, to stand erect; as, his hair sticks up.
To stick up for, to assert and defend; as, to stick up for
one's rights or for a friend. [Colloq.]
To stick upon, to dwell upon; not to forsake. "If the
matter be knotty, the mind must stop and buckle to it, and
stick upon it with labor and thought." --Locke.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: an implement consisting of a length of wood; "he collected
dry sticks for a campfire"; "the kid had a candied apple on
2: a small thin branch of a tree
3: a lever used by a pilot to control the ailerons and elevators
of an airplane [syn: stick, control stick, joystick]
4: a rectangular quarter pound block of butter or margarine
5: informal terms for the leg; "fever left him weak on his
sticks" [syn: pin, peg, stick]
6: a long implement (usually made of wood) that is shaped so
that hockey or polo players can hit a puck or ball
7: a long thin implement resembling a length of wood; "cinnamon
sticks"; "a stick of dynamite"
8: marijuana leaves rolled into a cigarette for smoking [syn:
joint, marijuana cigarette, reefer, stick, spliff]
9: threat of a penalty; "the policy so far is all stick and no
v 1: put, fix, force, or implant; "lodge a bullet in the table";
"stick your thumb in the crack" [syn: lodge, wedge,
stick, deposit] [ant: dislodge, free]
2: stay put (in a certain place); "We are staying in Detroit; we
are not moving to Cincinnati"; "Stay put in the corner
here!"; "Stick around and you will learn something!" [syn:
stay, stick, stick around, stay put] [ant: move]
3: stick to firmly; "Will this wallpaper adhere to the wall?"
[syn: adhere, hold fast, bond, bind, stick, stick
4: be or become fixed; "The door sticks--we will have to plane
5: endure; "The label stuck to her for the rest of her life"
6: be a devoted follower or supporter; "The residents of this
village adhered to Catholicism"; "She sticks to her
principles" [syn: adhere, stick]
7: be loyal to; "She stood by her husband in times of trouble";
"The friends stuck together through the war" [syn: stand
by, stick by, stick, adhere]
8: cover and decorate with objects that pierce the surface;
"stick some feathers in the turkey before you serve it"
9: fasten with an adhesive material like glue; "stick the poster
onto the wall"
10: fasten with or as with pins or nails; "stick the photo onto
11: fasten into place by fixing an end or point into something;
"stick the corner of the sheet under the mattress"
12: pierce with a thrust using a pointed instrument; "he stuck
the cloth with the needle"
13: pierce or penetrate or puncture with something pointed; "He
stuck the needle into his finger"
14: come or be in close contact with; stick or hold together and
resist separation; "The dress clings to her body"; "The
label stuck to the box"; "The sushi rice grains cohere"
[syn: cling, cleave, adhere, stick, cohere]
15: saddle with something disagreeable or disadvantageous; "They
stuck me with the dinner bill"; "I was stung with a huge tax
bill" [syn: stick, sting]
16: be a mystery or bewildering to; "This beats me!"; "Got me--I
don't know the answer!"; "a vexing problem"; "This question
really stuck me" [syn: perplex, vex, stick, get,
puzzle, mystify, baffle, beat, pose, bewilder,
flummox, stupefy, nonplus, gravel, amaze,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
688 Moby Thesaurus words for "stick":
abide, abide with, abrade, acid, acuminate, addle, adhere,
adhere to, advocate, affix, agglomerate, all, alpenstock,
altogether, amalgamate, amaze, antidepressant, arm, articulate,
assert, ataractic, athletic supporter, attach, auger, back,
backbone, backcountry, backing, backwash, backwater, backwoods,
baffle, balance, balk at, ballast, bamboozle, bandeau, bar,
bare pole, bark, baton, batten, batten down, bayonet, be effective,
be keen, be still, beam, bear, bear up, bear with, bearer, beat,
beetle, beguile of, bewilder, bide, bilk, billet, bind, birch,
biscuit, bite, bleed, bleed white, blemish, blind, bloke, bloody,
board, boarding, boggle, bolt, bond, bone, bonnet, boondocks,
booster, bore, bra, brace, bracer, bracket, branch, brassiere,
brave, braze, break, bring up, bring up short, bristle with,
broach, brook, brook no denial, buckle, buffalo, bulge, bunch,
bunco, burden, burn, bush, butt, button, buttress, cane, capper,
carrier, catch, cease fire, cement, cervix, chafe, chap, charge,
cheat, check, chip, chisel, chouse, chouse out of, clapboard,
clasp, claw, cleat, cleave, cleave to, clench, clinch, cling,
cling to, clip, clot, club, cluster, clutch, coagulate, coast, cog,
cog the dice, cohere, come up fighting, come up short, con,
confederate, confound, confuse, congeal, conglomerate, conk out,
consolidate, contend, continue, cooperate, cord, cordwood, corset,
counterbalance, countersink, cozen, crack, cracker, craze, crib,
crook, crosier, cross, cross-staff, crutch, crutch-stick, cut,
dagger, daze, deal, defend, defraud, deposit, diapason, diddle,
die, die hard, diethyltryptamine, dig, dig in, dimethyltryptamine,
dirk, display, do in, do out of, dovetail, draw up, driftwood,
drill, drive, drop, dust, dwell, embrace, empierce, encumber,
endure, euchre, exactly, exploit, extend, fasten, fellow, ferule,
fetch up, finagle, firewood, firm, firm up, fix, flagstaff, flam,
fleece, flimflam, floor, fob, foundation garment, fracture, fray,
frazzle, freeze, freeze to, fret, fuddle, fudge, fulcrum, fuse,
gage, gall, ganja, gash, geezer, get, girdle, glue, go dead,
go through, gore, gouge, gouge out, grapple, grasp, grass, grip,
gripe, grow together, gull, gum, guy, guywire, gyp, hallucinogen,
halt, handstaff, hang fire, hang in, hang in there, hang on,
hang on to, hang together, hang tough, hardwood, hash, hashish,
hasp, have, have an edge, hay, heist, hemp, hinge, hinterland,
hitch, hocus, hocus-pocus, hold, hold fast, hold on, hold on to,
hold out, hold tight, hold together, hold up, hole, honeycomb,
hook, hug, hurt, immobilize, impale, impose on, in toto, incise,
ingot, injure, insert, insist, insist on, insist upon, jab, jam,
jock, jockstrap, join, join forces, joint, just, jut out, kava,
keep, keep hold of, keep in suspense, keep quiet, knife, lacerate,
lance, last, latch, lath, lathing, lathwork, lay, lick, lie still,
linger, lituus, live through it, live with it, lock, lodge, log,
lumber, lump, lump it, maim, mainstay, maintain, maintainer,
make mincemeat of, man, marijuana, mark time, mass, mast, maul,
maze, melt, merge, mescal, mescal bean, mescal button, mescaline,
metronome, mind-altering drug, mind-blowing drug,
mind-expanding drug, misconstruction, misinterpretation,
misreading, misunderstanding, miter, monochord,
morning glory seeds, mortise, muddle, mug, mulct, mummy,
music stand, mute, mutilate, mystify, nail, nail down, neck,
needle, never let go, never say die, nip, nonplus, not back down,
not breathe, not give up, not stir, not submit, obtrude,
overcharge, overhang, overprice, overtax, pack the deal, paddle,
pandybat, panelboard, paneling, panelwork, parchment, park, paste,
pastoral staff, paterissa, peg, penetrate, perforate, perplex,
persevere, persist, person, peyote, pierce, pigeon, pike, pin,
pin down, pink, pitch pipe, place, plank, planking, plop, plunge,
plunge in, plunk, plyboard, plywood, poke, poke out, pole, poniard,
pose, posit, post, pot, practice fraud upon, press, prick, prod,
profiteer, project, prop, protrude, psilocin, psilocybin,
psychedelic, psychic energizer, psychoactive drug, psychochemical,
psychotomimetic, pull up, punch, puncheon, puncture, purely, push,
put, put up, put up with, puzzle, quarterstaff, quite, rabbet, ram,
rattan, ream, ream out, reefer, reinforce, reinforcement,
reinforcer, remain, remain firm, remain motionless, rend, repose,
rest, resting place, retain, rhythmometer, riddle, rigging, rip,
rivet, roach, rob, rod, rook, root, ruler, run, run through,
rupture, saber, saddle with, savage, scald, scam, scape, scarf,
scorch, scotch, scrape, scratch, screw, scuff, seat,
see it through, sell gold bricks, set, sew, shaft, shake, shave,
sheathing, sheathing board, sheeting, shill, shillelagh, shingle,
shortchange, shoulder, shove, shrink from, shroud, sideboard,
siding, sink, skewer, skin, slab, slash, slat, slit, snap, soak,
softwood, solder, solidify, sonometer, spar, spear, spike, spine,
spit, splat, sprain, sprit, sputter and stop, stab, stabilitate,
stabilize, stack the cards, staff, stake, stalk, stall, stand,
stand by, stand fast, stand firm, stand for, stand no nonsense,
stand on, stand out, stand still, stand the gaff, stand up,
standing rigging, staple, station, stave, stay, stay it out,
stay put, stay the distance, stay with it, steady, stem, stick at,
stick by, stick close, stick fast, stick it, stick it out,
stick of wood, stick out, stick to, stick to it, stick together,
stick up, stick up for, stick with it, stiffener, stiletto, sting,
stitch, stop, stop dead, stop short, stovewood, strain,
strengthener, strike root, strip, stumble, stump, submit, suffer,
support, supporter, surcharge, sustain, sustainer, swagger stick,
swanking stick, swindle, switch, sword, tack, take a dive,
take exception to, take hold of, take no denial, take root,
take up with, take what comes, tap, tape, tarry, tea, tear,
the boondocks, the bush, the country, the sticks, thimblerig,
three-by-four, throw, throw a fight, thrust, tie, timber,
timbering, timberwork, toggle, tolerate, tone measurer, tongue,
totally, totem pole, tough it out, tranquilizer, transfix,
transpierce, traumatize, tread water, tree, trepan, trephine,
tuning bar, tuning fork, tuning pipe, twig, two-by-four, unify,
unite, upholder, urge, utterly, victimize, wait, walking stick,
wand, weatherboard, wedge, weed, weigh down, weld, wholly, wire,
wood, work together, wound, wrench, zipper