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Using the same setting as this question: Is there an adjective that means 'fruit-like'? (the setting isn't paramount) I would like to know if there is an appropriately 'posh' word for 'stick-like'.

Is there a word for stick-like that could be uttered by an aristocratic gentleman of the 18th Century in a club such as Boodle's without sounding anachronous or ill-befitting of his class?

The only word I can find is sticky but it is too connected to the age-old joke:

What's brown and sticky?   A stick! / Poo!

The use of adjective sticky also makes the word sticky useless. (Etymologically, they are connected)

Obligatory Example Sentence:

My dear fellow, let me question you thus: what is brown and [sticky]?   A stick!

Obviously, this ruins the joke

Is there a suitable adjective like 'stick-like'?

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  • Twiggy, perhaps?
    – Mick
    Commented Nov 27, 2016 at 17:42
  • Q. What's brown and sticky? A. This. Yum!
    – Mick
    Commented Nov 27, 2016 at 17:47
  • "rodlike" ... ?
    – Graffito
    Commented Nov 27, 2016 at 18:26
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    Google Books cites over a thousand written instances of stick-like object, for example. So why do you need a "stick-like-like" word? Just use the first one you obviously thought of when writing this question. Commented Nov 27, 2016 at 18:32

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The OED attests to the following:

  • baculine, bacillifrom. From the Latin baculus (staff, stick)
  • hastiform. From the Latin hastile (spear, staff, or stick)
  • virgate. From the Latin virga (rod, staff, or stick)

There is also the Latin word lituus, adopted into English, which means a wand used as a badge of office by Roman augurs. Feel free to make an adjectival if you can. Perhaps lituual.

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  • I think it would be litual.
    – Andrew Leach
    Commented Nov 27, 2016 at 23:53
  • @AndrewLeach I'm not sure I can take you litually. Perhaps lituous after vacuous.
    – deadrat
    Commented Nov 28, 2016 at 1:36
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The OED has the nonce-word stickish; its one attestation is close to the right time period:

nonce-wd.
Something of a stick (cf. stick n.1 12b).

1810 Scott Let. 30 Jan. in J. G. Lockhart Mem. Life Scott (1837) II. vii. 271
Malcolm de Grey was tolerable but stickish.

"ˈstickish, adj." OED Online. Oxford University Press, September 2016.

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