from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To hold fast or adhere to something, as by grasping, sticking, embracing, or entwining: clung to the rope to keep from falling; fabrics that cling to the body.
  • intransitive v. To remain close; resist separation: We clung together in the storm.
  • intransitive v. To remain emotionally attached; hold on: clinging to outdated customs.
  • n. Botany A clingstone.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Fruit (especially peach) whose flesh adheres strongly to the pit.
  • n. adherence; attachment; devotion
  • v. To hold very tightly, as to not fall off.
  • v. To adhere to an object, without being affixed, in such a way as to follow its contours. Used especially of fabrics and films.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Adherence; attachment; devotion.
  • intransitive v. To adhere closely; to stick; to hold fast, especially by twining round or embracing; ; -- usually followed by to or together.
  • transitive v. To cause to adhere to, especially by twining round or embracing.
  • transitive v. To make to dry up or wither.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To adhere closely; be attached; stick: as, a wet garment clings to the limbs.
  • To hold fast, especially by the hands or by coiling round or embracing, or, figuratively, by refusing to abandon or give up.
  • To rush with violence.
  • To wither; shrivel.
  • To cause to adhere closely; apply firmly and closely.
  • To consume; waste to leanness; shrivel.
  • n. Adherence; attachment; the act of holding fast; embrace.
  • n. A bunch; a cluster; an aggregation of several things that cling together.
  • n. A dysentery or bloody flux of sheep: a frequently fatal inflammation of the large intestine of sheep, accompanied with fever and fluid discharges from the bowels.
  • n. In horticulture, a peach, nectarine, or apricot in which the flesh adheres strongly to the stone; a clingstone.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. fruit (especially peach) whose flesh adheres strongly to the pit
  • v. come or be in close contact with; stick or hold together and resist separation
  • v. to remain emotionally or intellectually attached
  • v. hold on tightly or tenaciously


Middle English clingen, from Old English clingan.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English? clingan to adhere, to wither; akin to Danish klynge to cluster, crowd. Compare clump. (Wiktionary)


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