What is Stuck?

Stuck is a noun that refers to being in a situation where it is impossible to move. Other synonyms include jammed, entangled, and stranded. If the word “stuck” is used about wire or string, it means that it has become caught around something or is stuck between two surfaces. Stranded is another common synonym of stuck, and can apply to people, vehicles, and sea creatures.

The term “stuck” describes an object that is fixed in place and cannot be moved. Examples of objects that are stuck include jar lids, cars stuck in traffic, and even indecision. Sticking originated in Old English, and is derived from the word “stician,” which means “to pierce” or “to remain fastened.”