Fungi growing on a stick of wood



  • An elongated piece of wood or similar material, typically put to some use, for example as a wand or baton.
  • Any roughly cylindrical (or rectangular) unit of a substance.
  • Material or objects attached to a stick or the like.
  • A tool, control, or instrument shaped somewhat like a stick.
  • A stick-like item:
  • Ability; specifically:
  • A person or group of people.
  • Encouragement or punishment, or (resulting) vigour or other improved behavior.
  • A measure.
  • The traction of tires on the road surface.
  • The amount of fishing line resting on the water surface before a cast; line stick.
  • A thrust with a pointed instrument; a stab.
  • Criticism or ridicule.


  • To cut a piece of wood to be the stick member of a cope-and-stick joint.
  • To compose; to set, or arrange, in a composing stick.
  • To furnish or set with sticks.
  • To become or remain attached; to adhere.
  • To jam; to stop moving.
  • To tolerate, to endure, to stick with.
  • To persist.
  • Of snow, to remain frozen on landing.
  • To remain loyal; to remain firm.
  • To hesitate, to be reluctant; to refuse (in negative phrases).
  • To be puzzled (at something), have difficulty understanding.
  • To cause difficulties, scruples, or hesitation.
  • To attach with glue or as if by gluing.
  • To place, set down (quickly or carelessly).
  • To press (something with a sharp point) into something else.
  • To fix on a pointed instrument; to impale.
  • To adorn or deck with things fastened on as by piercing.
  • To perform (a landing) perfectly.
  • To propagate plants by cuttings.
  • To run or plane (mouldings) in a machine, in contradistinction to working them by hand. Such mouldings are said to be stuck.
  • To bring to a halt; to stymie; to puzzle.
  • To impose upon; to compel to pay; sometimes, to cheat.
  • To stand pat: to cease taking any more cards and finalize one's hand.



Similar words


  • From Middle English stikke ("stick, rod, twig"), from Old English sticca ("rod, twig"), from Proto-Germanic *stikkô, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)teyg-. Cognate with Saterland Frisian Stikke ("stick"), West Flemish stik ("stick").
  • From Middle English stiken, from Old English stician, from Proto-Germanic *stikōną (compare also the related Proto-Germanic *stikaną, whence West Frisian stekke, Low German steken, Dutch steken, German stechen; compare also Danish stikke, Swedish sticka), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)tig-, *(s)teyg-.
  • Cognate with the first etymology (same PIE root, different paths through Germanic and Old English), to stitch, and to etiquette, via French étiquette – see there for further discussion.
  • Possibly a metaphorical use of the first etymology ("twig, branch"), possibly derived from the Yiddish schtick.

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