Definition of clingy in English:



  • 1(of a garment) liable to cling; clinging.

    ‘a clingy top’
    • ‘It was very clingy, this dress, but I looked stunning.’
    • ‘Everyday women suddenly felt comfortable showing off their conditions in low rise jeans and belly revealing clingy fabrics and gowns.’
    • ‘That night we dressed in clingy black and walked into town together.’
    • ‘The most memorable pieces were undoubtedly Gucci's clingy, dress with a daring keyhole neckline and its slinky, cut-out swimsuit.’
    • ‘She was wearing a short, clingy blue dress with black platform sandals and a short black jacket.’
    • ‘This leaves ample scope for clingy vests, suede halter tops and vulgar Hawaiian shirts.’
    • ‘Her silky, fawn curls, streaked with red, dropped to her shoulders, and she wore a clingy black spaghetti-strap dress.’
    • ‘Dressed in a mini-skirt and clingy top she looked better than most, her long red hair flowing down her back.’
    • ‘‘It's too clingy,’ Rebecca said, plucking at the fabric and having it spring back against her.’
    • ‘But what's with the garish red walls of the underpass and the ridiculously clingy dress hugging Alex's voluptuous frame?’
    • ‘She wore a Grecian-style gown made from clingy white fabric.’
    • ‘Stacey insisted Janet wear what she had brought: a fitting black mini skirt and a clingy cream-colored off-the-shoulder top and a pair of clear heels.’
    • ‘Pictures of Mills rock-climbing in clingy Lycra sportswear show how natural-looking a prosthetic leg can be - at a price.’
    • ‘He quickly pulled off the clingy black sweater to reveal a black wife-beater and crashed on his bed, khakis and all.’
    • ‘She let her gaze fall over the clingy dress that adorned her body before looking at me once more.’
    • ‘Her beautiful clingy dress that she had worn last night was in a heap on the floor along with her stiletto heels, aluminum crown, and corsage.’
    • ‘Do not wear clingy fabrics on top, choose darker colors on top.’
    • ‘He wears groovy, dark, clingy clothes and takes himself more seriously.’
    • ‘The cotton blouse was a bit too clingy for my comfort.’
    • ‘Lexi tugged on her, somewhat clingy, khaki skirt, as she walked towards the shiny baby blue Mustang.’
  • 2(of a person) too emotionally dependent.

    ‘at about 18 months my son became very clingy’
    • ‘I know some clingy men, at least one of whom handled a breakup in almost exactly this manner (incessant calling, ‘I need you’, etc).’
    • ‘She wanted to spend time with Jason but she didn't want to be the clingy girlfriend so she decided to go help Mariana pick out the music.’
    • ‘She had always promised herself that she would never be one of those clingy girlfriends who waited around forever for their boyfriend to call.’
    • ‘He eventually manipulates his clingy girlfriend into the arms of another man, Murry, a wealthy beer distributor with a significant comb-over.’
    • ‘I'm just clingy and he's just extremely touchy-feely.’
    • ‘If this week people are clingy and dependant, easily offended and insecure, don't be manipulated by their whims of steel.’
    • ‘Where once she was outgoing and confident, now she is clingy and dependent.’
    • ‘And you will find out in this chapter why she is so clingy.’
    • ‘Good for you, you do not deserve a clingy girlfriend.’
    • ‘Already he was back to his old way of dealing with clingy females.’
    • ‘Is it the clingy lady who keeps calling on ‘Leave Me Alone’?’
    • ‘She is clingy, rude to my friends, and extremely high-maintenance.’
    • ‘They were clingy and anxious even with their mother near, became very upset when she left, and had mixed feelings when she returned.’
    • ‘She's really clingy and she was actually pressuring me.’
    • ‘He's not the kind of dog that will let you pet him, but with the people he knows and trusts, he's clingy.’
    • ‘The three females, for example, are reduced to stereotypes: the clingy mother, sycophantic girlfriend and bikie chick.’
    • ‘No wonder I got the results ‘You are a clingy person’ when I took some online quiz.’
    • ‘He wasn't clingy or annoying, and above all, he wasn't girly.’
    • ‘She was dependent on me, she was clingy and needy, and she didn't have a strong support system.’
    • ‘I wasn't going to be that disgusting clingy girlfriend type.’