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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [kling-ee]
    • /ˈklɪŋ i/
    • /klɪŋ.i/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [kling-ee]
    • /ˈklɪŋ i/

Definitions of clingy word

  • adjective clingy If you describe someone as clingy, you mean that they become very attached to people and depend on them too much. 3
  • adjective clingy Clingy clothes fit tightly round your body. 3
  • adjective clingy apt to cling; adhesive or tenacious: a clingy fabric. 1
  • noun clingy (of a person or garment) Liable to cling; clinging. 1
  • adjective clingy fabric: sticking to the body 1
  • adjective clingy person: needy 1

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Origin of clingy

First appearance:

before 1700
One of the 50% oldest English words
First recorded in 1700-10; cling1 + -y1

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Parts of speech for Clingy


clingy popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 78% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

clingy usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for clingy

adj clingy

  • gummy — of, resembling, or of the consistency of gum; viscid; mucilaginous.
  • sticky — having the property of adhering, as glue; adhesive.
  • pasty — of or like paste in consistency, texture, color, etc.
  • adherent — An adherent is someone who holds a particular belief or supports a particular person or group.
  • holding — an act of holding fast by a grasp of the hand or by some other physical means; grasp; grip: Take hold. Do you have a hold on the rope?

adjective clingy

  • dependent — To be dependent on something or someone means to need them in order to succeed or be able to survive.
  • insecure — subject to fears, doubts, etc.; not self-confident or assured: an insecure person.
  • anxious — If you are anxious to do something or anxious that something should happen, you very much want to do it or very much want it to happen.
  • tight-fitting — (of a garment) fitting closely to the contours of the body: tightfitting pants.
  • snug — warmly comfortable or cozy, as a place, accommodations, etc.: a snug little house.

Antonyms for clingy

adj clingy

  • separated — to keep apart or divide, as by an intervening barrier or space: to separate two fields by a fence.
  • loose — free or released from fastening or attachment: a loose end.
  • open — not closed or barred at the time, as a doorway by a door, a window by a sash, or a gateway by a gate: to leave the windows open at night.
  • attach — If you attach something to an object, you join it or fasten it to the object.
  • unattached — not attached.

adjective clingy

  • independent — not influenced or controlled by others in matters of opinion, conduct, etc.; thinking or acting for oneself: an independent thinker.
  • baggy — If a piece of clothing is baggy, it hangs loosely on your body.

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