General English


  • adjective used to describe a website that attracts visitors, especially one that keeps them interested for a long time


  • adjective denoting the type of wicket that is produced when the ground is drying out in warm sunshine after a heavy downpour. The soft, glutinous quality of the pitch provides ideal conditions for the slower bowlers because the ball can really ‘bite’ the turf and will often turn quite alarmingly, making batting a nightmare. With the added attraction of variable bounce, the ‘sticky’ wicket is ‘liable to bring about the ignominious downfall of the most powerful side imaginable’ (Ranjitsinhji 1897). In such circumstances, batsmen were advised to ‘throw careful play to the winds, and hit, pull, and slog in every direction’ (Badminton 1888). But modern regulations on the covering of pitches (
    See cover
    ) have to all intents and purposes eliminated the sticky wicket from contemporary cricket – a situation which, though no doubt agreeable to batsmen, has taken away one of the traditional features of the game, especially the English and Australian game.

Media Studies

  • adjective referring to an Internet site that attracts, and especially keeps, visitors


  • adjective able to become easily attached like glue


  • noun a liqueur. The word (like ‘liqueur’ itself in middle-class and ‘society’ usage) is occasionally extended to refer to sweet wines.