clings; clung/ˈklʌŋ/; clinging clings; clung/ˈklʌŋ/; clinging
Learner's definition of CLING
1 : to hold onto something or someone very tightly — usually + to or onto
The little cat clung to the narrow branch.
The boy clung onto his mother's hand as they walked through the crowd.
The little boy clung to his mother when it was time for her to leave.
2 often disapproving : to stay very close to someone for emotional support, protection, etc. — usually + to 3 : to stick to something or someone — usually + to 4 : to continue to believe in or depend on something — + to 5 : to try very hard to keep something that you are in danger of losing — usually + to
— clingy/ˈklɪŋi/adjectiveclingier; clingiest