(adjective) caught or fixed; “stuck in the mud”


(adjective) baffled; “this problem has me completely stuck”


perplex, vex, stick, get, puzzle, mystify, baffle, beat, pose, bewilder, flummox, stupefy, nonplus, gravel, amaze, dumbfound

(verb) be a mystery or bewildering to; “This beats me!”; “Got me--I don’t know the answer!”; “a vexing problem”; “This question really stuck me”

stick, sting

(verb) saddle with something disagreeable or disadvantageous; “They stuck me with the dinner bill”; “I was stung with a huge tax bill”

cling, cleave, adhere, stick, cohere

(verb) come or be in close contact with; stick or hold together and resist separation; “The dress clings to her body”; “The label stuck to the box”; “The sushi rice grains cohere”

adhere, hold fast, bond, bind, stick, stick to

(verb) stick to firmly; “Will this wallpaper adhere to the wall?”


(verb) pierce or penetrate or puncture with something pointed; “He stuck the needle into his finger”


(verb) pierce with a thrust using a pointed instrument; “he stuck the cloth with the needle”

lodge, wedge, stick, deposit

(verb) put, fix, force, or implant; “lodge a bullet in the table”; “stick your thumb in the crack”


(verb) fasten with or as with pins or nails; “stick the photo onto the corkboard”


(verb) fasten with an adhesive material like glue; “stick the poster onto the wall”


(verb) cover and decorate with objects that pierce the surface; “stick some feathers in the turkey before you serve it”

stay, stick, stick around, stay put

(verb) stay put (in a certain place); “We are staying in Detroit; we are not moving to Cincinnati”; “Stay put in the corner here!”; “Stick around and you will learn something!”

adhere, stick

(verb) be a devoted follower or supporter; “The residents of this village adhered to Catholicism”; “She sticks to her principles”


(verb) endure; “The label stuck to her for the rest of her life”


(verb) be or become fixed; “The door sticks--we will have to plane it”

Source: WordNet® 3.1

Proper noun

Stuck (plural Stucks)

A surname.


• According to the 2010 United States Census, Stuck is the 8272nd most common surname in the United States, belonging to 4008 individuals. Stuck is most common among White (94.11%) individuals.


• suckt, tucks

Etymology 1



simple past tense and past participle of stick (archaic sticked)


stuck (comparative more stuck, superlative most stuck)

Unable to move.

Unable to progress with a task.

No longer functioning, frozen up, frozen.

Etymology 2


stuck (plural stucks)

(obsolete) A thrust.


• suckt, tucks

Source: Wiktionary


Definition: imp. & p. p. of Stick.

Stuck, n. Etym: [Cf. 1st Stoccado.]

Definition: A thrust. [Obs.] Shak.


Stick, n. Etym: [OE. sticke, AS. sticca; akin to stician to stab, prick, pierce, G. stecken a stick, staff, OHG. steccho, Icel. stik a stick. See Stick, v. t..]

1. A small shoot, or branch, separated, as by a cutting, from a tree or shrub; also, any stem or branch of a tree, of any size, cut for fuel or timber. Withered sticks to gather, which might serve Against a winter's day. Milton.

2. Any long and comparatively slender piece of wood, whether in natural form or shaped with tools; a rod; a wand; a staff; as, the stick of a rocket; a walking stick.

3. Anything shaped like a stick; as, a stick of wax.

4. A derogatory expression for a person; one who is inert or stupid; as, an odd stick; a poor stick. [Colloq.]

5. (Print.)

Definition: A composing stick. See under Composing. It is usually a frame of metal, but for posters, handbills, etc., one made of wood is used.

6. A thrust with a pointed instrument; a stab. A stick of eels, twenty-five eels. [Prov. Eng.] -- Stick chimney, a chimney made of sticks laid crosswise, and cemented with clay or mud, as in some log houses. [U.S.] -- Stick insect, (Zoöl.), any one of various species of wingless orthopterous insects of the family Phasmidæ, which have a long round body, resembling a stick in form and color, and long legs, which are often held rigidly in such positions as to make them resemble small twigs. They thus imitate the branches and twigs of the trees on which they live. The common American species is Diapheromera femorata. Some of the Asiatic species are more than a foot long.

– To cut one's stick, or To cut stick, to run away. [Slang] De Quincey.

Stick, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Stuck (Obs. Sticked (); p. pr. & vb. n. Sticking.] Etym: [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. tij to be sharp. Cf. Distinguish, Etiquette, Extinct, Instigate, Instinct, Prestige, Stake, Steak, Stick, n., Stigma, Stimulate, Sting, Stitch in sewing, Style 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 W. Scott.

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. Dryden.

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.)

Definition: To compose; to set, or arrange, in a composing stick; as, to stick type. [Cant]

9. (Joinery)

Definition: 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. [Slang] To stick out, to cause to project or protrude; to render prominent.

Stick, v. i.

1. To adhere; as, glue sticks to the fingers; paste sticks to the wall. 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. Prov. xviii. 24. 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. Young.

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 last. Dryden.

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. Locke. 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 reasonable. Swift. 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 by you." Davenant. (b) To be troublesome by adhering. "I am satisfied to trifle away my time, rather than let it stick by me." Pope.

– 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.]v.i. to stick it out.

– 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." Addison.

– 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." Locke.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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