A long slender piece of wood, especially: A branch or stem cut from a tree or shrub. A piece of wood, such as a tree branch, that is used for fuel, cut for lumber, or shaped for a specific purpose. A wand, staff, baton, or rod. Sports & Games Any of various implements shaped like a rod and used in play: a hockey stick. A walking stick; a cane. Something slender and often cylindrical in form: a stick of dynamite. Slang A marijuana cigarette. The control device of an aircraft that operates the elevators and ailerons. Informal A stick shift. Nautical A mast or a part of a mast. Printing A composing stick. Printing A stickful. A group of bombs released to fall across an enemy target in a straight row. Slang A group of paratroopers exiting an aircraft in succession. A timber tree. Informal A piece of furniture. A poke, thrust, or stab with a stick or similar object: a stick in the ribs. A threatened penalty: using both a carrot and a stick to keep allies in line. The condition or power of adhering: a glue with plenty of stick. Informal A remote area; backwoods: moved to the sticks. Informal A city or town regarded as dull or unsophisticated. Informal A person regarded as stiff, boring, or spiritless. Archaic A difficulty or obstacle; a delay. To pierce, puncture, or penetrate with a pointed instrument.