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Definition: To stick out
, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Stuck
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
, n., Stigma
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
, 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
(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.”
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.”