Definition of clinging in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkliNGiNG/


1(Of a garment) fitting closely to the body and showing its shape: she was wearing a clinging black dress
More example sentences
  • Even at that she is badly served by a frumpy blonde wig and clinging dresses that make her look more like a dumpy middle-aged housewife.
  • He points to her short, clinging dress and elegant heels.
  • She could see his muscles ripple under his clinging shirt.
2Overly dependent on someone emotionally: she wasn’t the clinging type
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  • Through projective identification, the clinging and overtly dependent borderline partner can express the split-off dependency needs of both.
  • Dependent personality disorder is described as a pervasive and excessive need to be taken care of that leads to a submissive and clinging behavior as well as fears of separation.
  • She is a clinging, alcoholic, older woman who turns into the invading ‘monster’ of the film.


clinging vine

A person who is submissively dependent on another.
Example sentences
  • Mama wants to see me as a clinging vine being shielded by a big strong man, and you fit the bill.
  • If she is not this clinging vine, she is apt to rise superior to him, assert herself over him, and, after a while, humble him.
  • Everyone knew this 27 year old actress was no clinging vine they could order around like a silly chorus girl.

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Syllabification: cling·ing

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