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Meaning of stuck by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • ( UK, US ) IPA: /ˈstʌk/
    • Rhymes: -ʌk


    stuck ( comparative more stuck, superlative most stuck )

    1. Trapped and unable to move .
      Sue tried to squeeze through the window, but got stuck .
      Can you shift this gate? I think it's stuck .
    2. Unable to progress .
      I'm stuck on this question in the test .
    Derived terms

    Etymology 2

    Compare stoccado .


    stuck ( plural: stucks )

    1. ( obsolete ) A thrust .
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Explanation of stuck by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. caught or fixed

    2. stuck in the mud
    3. baffled

    4. this problem has me completely stuck

    Definition of stuck by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Stick, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Stuck ( Obs. Sticked ; p. pr. & vb. n. Sticking.] [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. to prick, Skr. 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. ) To compose; to set, or arrange, in a composing stick; as, “to stick type”. [Cant]

      9. ( Joinery ) 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.

    2. Stuck imp. & p. p. of Stick.

    3. Stuck, n. [Cf. 1st Stoccado.] A thrust. [Obs.] Shak.