a long thin piece of wood from a tree, which is no longer attached to the tree [↪ branch, twig]:
part of treeD
They collected sticks to start the fire.
a long thin piece of wood, plastic etc that you use for a particular purpose:
a pair of drum sticks
a measuring stick
Aunt Lou walks with a stick (=uses a stick to help her walk).
a long thin or round piece of something:
carrot sticks with dip
a glue stick
a stick of chewing gum
a long specially shaped piece of wood, plastic etc that you use in some sports to hit a ball:
a hockey stick
a long way from a town or city:
They live out in the sticks.
6 British English informal
to understand a situation in completely the wrong way:
People who think the song is about drugs have got the wrong end of the stick.
the handle you use to control a plane ➔ joystick
a stick shift
carAmerican English informalTTC
9 American English spoken
to start doing something you should be doing:
You'd better get your sales team on the stick.
10 British English spoken
if you give someone stick, you criticize them for something they have done:
He's going to get some stick for this!
11 British English informal
if you up sticks, you move to a different area