Meaning of APPICCICOSO in Italian

What’s the meaning of the funny-sounding word appiccicoso in Italian? Read on to find out how to pronounce this word along with some example sentences.

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What does appiccicoso mean in Italian?

Appiccicoso is the Italian translation for “sticky” or “clingy”. It refers to something that is sticky or adhesive, often causing things to adhere or cling to it. It’s also used to describe someone who is a bit oppressive, always seeking company.

How do you pronounce it?

Appiccicoso
Sticky, clingy

The pronunciation of appiccicoso in Italian is similar to ahp-pea-chee-KOH-soh. Appiccicoso comes from the Italian verb appiccare, which means “to stick” or “to glue”. Like all Italian adjectives, it has different forms depending on whether the word is masculine/feminine and singular/plural.

SingularPlural
MasculineAppiccicosoAppiccicosi
FeminineAppiccicosaAppiccicose
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For example, you can say:

La colla è un materiale appiccicoso.
Glue is a sticky material.

Il chewing-gum è noto per essere appiccicoso.
Chewing gum is known to be sticky.

L’umidità può rendere le superfici appiccicose.
Humidity can make surfaces sticky.

You can use the expression stare appiccicato a qualcuno, “to stick to someone”, “to be clingy”.

Non starmi così appiccicato!
Don’t be so clingy!

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You can use appiccicoso to describe clammy, sticky skin.

La mia pelle è tutta appiccicosa per il sudore.
My skin is all sticky from sweat.

There is also the expression appiccicoso come il miele, “as sticky as honey”.

Edoardo è un tipo appiccicoso come il miele.
Edoardo is as sticky as honey.

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