Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Relating to or producing random noise accompanying transmitted or recorded sound.
  • adjective Relating to or producing static electricity.

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  • adjective Resembling or containing static

Etymologies

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static +‎ -y

Examples

  • So I have been deaf in one ear with a sort of "staticky" sound, for about a year now and have recently had an MRI examination.

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  • Ellie and her classmates showed up a few minutes later, sliding in on socks, their hair staticky and charged.

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  • On a small white Formica table, a portable radio pumped out staticky oldies.

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  • On a small white Formica table, a portable radio pumped out staticky oldies.

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  • The radio that Chloe must have brought in still sat on the bedside table, playing staticky oldies, and a magazine—Popular Science—was open on a plastic chair, where I imagined Chloe had been reading it to me.

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  • Tara heard the staticky sound of the Pythia exhaling smoke over the receiver.

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  • It doesn't fall neatly into the "rocker" or "mid-tempo" categories; Stipe delivers speedy spoken word over staticky soundscapes as Smith adds to the drama.

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  • Ellie and her classmates showed up a few minutes later, sliding in on socks, their hair staticky and charged.

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  • It doesn't fall neatly into the "rocker" or "mid-tempo" categories; Stipe delivers speedy spoken word over staticky soundscapes as Smith adds to the drama.

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  • Where we left off with the BBCA series was a wrenching, traumatic cliffhanger in which friendly ghost Annie Lorena Crichlow, so much more appealing than her Syfy counterpart is trapped in purgatory, reaching out to her friends through staticky TV screens as she pitiably weeps in a sinister waiting room and anxiously waits for whatever comes next.

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