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Stick ‘piece of wood’ [OE] and stick ‘fix, adhere’ [OE] come from the same Germanic source: the base *stik-, *stek-, *stak- ‘pierce, prick, be sharp’ (which also produced English attach, stake, stitch, stockade, and stoke). This in turn went back to the Indo-European base *stig-, *steig-, whose other descendants include Greek stígma (source of English stigma) and Latin stīgāre ‘prick, incite’ (source of English instigate [16]) and stinguere ‘prick’ (source of English distinct, extinct, and instinct). From the Germanic base was derived a verb, source of English stick, which originally meant ‘pierce’. The notion of ‘piercing’ led on via ‘thrusting something sharp into something’ and ‘becoming fixed in something’ to ‘adhering’. The same base produced the noun *stikkon, etymologically a ‘pointed’ piece of wood, for piercing, which has become English stick. Yet another derivative of the base was Old English sticels ‘spine, prickle’, which forms the first element of the fish-name stickleback [15] – etymologically ‘prickly back’. => ATTACH, DISTINCT, EXTINCT, INSTIGATE, INSTINCT, STAKE, STIGMA, STIMULATE, STITCH, STOCKADE, STOKE, STYLE

The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins. 2013.

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  • stick — Ⅰ. stick [1] ► NOUN 1) a thin piece of wood that has fallen or been cut off a tree. 2) a piece of trimmed wood used for support in walking or as a weapon. 3) (in hockey, polo, etc.) a long, thin implement used to hit or direct the ball or puck.… …   English terms dictionary

  • stick — [stik] n. [ME stikke < OE sticca, akin to Du stek, ON stik < IE base * steig , a point > STAKE, Frank * stakka, Gr stigma, L instigare, INSTIGATE] 1. a long, usually slender piece of wood; specif., a) a twig or small branch broken off or …   English World dictionary

  • Stick — Stick, v. i. 1. To adhere; as, glue sticks to the fingers; paste sticks to the wall. [1913 Webster] The green caterpillar breedeth in the inward parts of roses not blown, where the dew sticketh. Bacon. [1913 Webster] 2. To remain where placed; to …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Stick — Stick, n. [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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Stick — 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • stick — 1 Stick, adhere, cohere, cling, cleave can mean to be or become closely, firmly, or indissolubly attached. Stick implies attachment by affixing; one thing or a person sticks to another, or things or persons stick together when they are literally… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Stick it — Titre original Stick It Réalisation Jessica Bendinger Durée 1h45 Sortie 21 avril 2006 Langue(s) originale(s) anglais Pays d’origine …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Stick It — Données clés Titre québécois Tomber... Pile Titre original Stick It Réalisation Jessica Bendinger Pays d’origine …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Stick — bezeichnet ein Sportgerät, siehe Stick (Polo) ein Werkzeug des Schlagzeugers, siehe Sticks (Schlagzeug) ein Speichermedium für Daten, siehe Memory Stick oder USB Stick ein Peripheriegerät (z. B. DVB T Stick, WLAN Adapter, Bluetooth Adapter,… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • stick — [n] pole, often wooden bar, bat, baton, billet, birch, bludgeon, board, branch, cane, club, cudgel, drumstick, ferrule, ingot, mast, rod, rule, ruler, shoot, slab, slat, staff, stake, stalk, stave, stem, strip, switch, timber, twig, wand, wedge;… …   New thesaurus

  • Stick — puede designar: Stick, un palo de madera o plástico con forma de J utilizado en hockey con el que se golpea la bola. Chapman Stick, un instrumento musical eléctrico. Memory Stick, un formato de tarjeta de memoria (memoria flash) extraíble,… …   Wikipedia Español


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