Definitions

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  • adverb In a clinging manner; tenaciously or possessively.

Etymologies

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clinging +‎ -ly

Examples

  • She shrank against him, clingingly and protectingly, and he laughed with surety.

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  • (Because, of course, in 2008 (2012?), women still can't propose to men at any other time without seeming clingingly desperate.)

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  • Lao Ni followed me to the signboards, clingingly close, as we studied posters, eavesdropped on some heated arguments, and staged faux chats in nonsense Japanese.

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  • Lao Ni followed me to the signboards, clingingly close, as we studied posters, eavesdropped on some heated arguments, and staged faux chats in nonsense Japanese.

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  • She continually adjusted a clingingly tight, black short-sleeved top, her clasped hands resting between her black trouser legs.

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  • The man who awakes the wondering tremulous passion of a young girl always thinks her affectionate; and if he chances to look forward to future years, probably imagines himself being virtuously tender to her, because the poor thing is so clingingly fond of him.

    Adam Bede

  • Down slipped her silken veils, clingingly, slowly, as though reluctant to unclasp her; whispering they fell from the high and tender breasts, the delicate rounded hips, and clustered about her feet in soft petalings as of some flower of pale amber foam.

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  • White smoke rose oddly, clingingly, as if unwilling to leave the brazier.

    Lord of the Isles

  • Why feel as if, clingingly, something evil had brushed him by?

    The Wicked Day

  • Gradually the magic of the island settled over us as gently and clingingly as pollen.

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