Meaning of CLING in English

I. ˈkliŋ verb

( clung ˈkləŋ ; also now dialect clang ˈklaŋ, -aiŋ ; clung ; clinging ; clings )

Etymology: Middle English clingen, from Old English clingan; akin to Old High German klunga tangled ball of thread, Old Norse klungr hip, haw, Middle Irish glacc hand, Greek gelgis head of garlic, Sanskrit gṛñja kind of garlic, Latin galla gallnut — more at gall

intransitive verb


a. : to hold to each other cohesively and firmly : resist forces or influences acting to separate or disperse — often used with together

the fused particles cling together

all our vessels clung together, as if for company — Kenneth Roberts

b. : to hold or hold on tightly or tenaciously (as with the hands or feet) and to resist pressure to separate or dislodge

the sailors were obliged to cling , to prevent being washed away — Frederick Marryat

: to adhere closely and firmly as if glued

their soaked garments clinging to the curves of their figures — J.C.Powys

c. : to become situated as if holding firmly and resisting pressure to dislodge or separate

a bluff to which hotels and residences cling

parched plants clinging to the drought-stricken soil

2. now dialect Britain : to become emaciated : shrink , shrivel , wither


a. : to have a strong emotional attachment or dependence

weak-willed and purposeless he clung to all who offered the least sign of sympathy


(1) : to have or continue to have strong emotional or intellectual loyalty or stubborn attachment or belief

clinging pathetically to his worn-out creeds and dogmas

clung to the hope that her son had survived

(2) : to continue on a course of action or policy as if resisting efforts to interrupt or distract

clung resolutely to his work — J.A.Froude

(3) : to hold on tenaciously as if resisting dispossession

clinging grimly to his few wretched acres

c. : to remain or linger as if resisting complete dissipation or dispersal

the odor of mignonette still clung to the room

: remain habitually or continuously associated

the nickname clung to him throughout his life

d. : to become retained and survive as a practice or belief

this habit of saving … would cling to her for the rest of her life — Ellen Glasgow

transitive verb

1. now dialect England : to stick (objects) together : cause to adhere

2. obsolete : to cause (as one's fingers) to hold tightly

Synonyms: see adhere

II. noun

( -s )

1. : the act or an instance of clinging : adherence

2. : clingstone

III. noun

( -s )

Etymology: probably alteration of clink (II)

: a sharp high metallic ringing sound

the cling of the coin as it fell on the stone floor

the cling of the busy till — John Prebble

IV. intransitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

: to make a cling

the coin clinged as it hit the stone floor

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.