Definitions

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

  • adj. Having the property of adhering or sticking to a surface; adhesive.
  • adj. Covered with an adhesive agent.
  • adj. Warm and humid; muggy: a sticky day.
  • adj. Informal Painful or difficult: a sticky situation.
  • adj. Economics Tending to remain the same despite changes in the economy. Used of prices or wages.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Able or likely to stick.
  • adj. Potentially difficult to escape from.
  • adj. Persistent.
  • adj. Appearing on all virtual desktops.
  • adj. Fixed at the top of the list of topics or threads so as to keep it in view.
  • adj. Compelling enough to keep visitors from leaving.
  • adj. Of weather, hot and wind-less and with high humidity, so that people feel sticky from sweating.
  • n. A sticky note, such as a post-it note.
  • n. A small adhesive particle found in wastepaper.
  • v. to fix a thread at the top of the list of topics or threads so as to keep it in view.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having the quality of sticking to a surface; adhesive; gluey; viscous; viscid; glutinous; tenacious.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having the property of adhering to a surface; inclining to stick; adhesive; viscous; viscid; glutinous; tenacious.
  • Humid; producing stickiness; muggy: as, a disagreeable, sticky day.
  • Like a stick; stiff.

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

  • adj. moist as with undried perspiration and with clothing sticking to the body
  • adj. hot or warm and humid
  • adj. hard to deal with; especially causing pain or embarrassment
  • adj. covered with an adhesive material
  • adj. having the sticky properties of an adhesive

Etymologies

From stick +‎ -y. (Wiktionary)

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  • It's best that we don't talk about Sticky.

    August 9, 2008