stick·y / ˈstikē/ • adj. (stick·i·er, stick·i·est) 1. tending or designed to stick to things on contact or covered with something that sticks: her sticky bubblegum sticky tape. ∎ (of a substance) glutinous; viscous: the dough should be moist but not sticky. ∎ (of prices, interest rates, or wages) slow to change or react to change.2. (of the weather) hot and damp; muggy: it was an unusually hot and sticky summer. ∎ damp with sweat: she felt hot and sticky and changed her clothes.3. inf. involving problems; difficult or awkward: the relationship is going through a sticky patch.PHRASES: sticky fingers inf. a propensity to steal.sticky wicketsee wicket.DERIVATIVES: stick·i·ly / ˈstikɨlē/ adv.stick·i·ness n.