Another Difficulty for a Microsoft-Yahoo Marriage: Recruiting
By GARY RIVLIN and KATIE HAFNER
In an industry that favors start-ups, a faint stodginess clings to Microsoft and Yahoo that could impede their ability to draw top engineering talent.
cling (STAY CLOSE) Hide phonetics
verb clung, clung
1 [I usually + adverb or preposition] to stay close or near:
The road clings to (= closely follows) the coastline for several miles, then it turns inland.
2 [I] DISAPPROVING to stay close to someone who is caring for you, in a dependent way:
Jenny is the kind of child who always clings whenever she's taken to a new place.
clinging Hide phonetics
adjective (ALSO clingy) DISAPPROVING
Jimmy is a very clingy child.
stodgy (BORING) Hide phonetics
adjective UK INFORMAL DISAPPROVING
boring, serious and formal:
Neither company has succeeded in shedding its stodgy image.
Younger consumers, it is said, regard their products as stodgy and unfashionable.
stodginess Hide phonetics
faint (SLIGHT) Hide phonetics
not strong or clear; slight:
a faint sound/noise/smell
The lamp gave out a faint glow.
She gave me a faint smile of recognition.
There's not the faintest hope of ever finding him.
She bears a faint resemblance to my sister.
I have a faint suspicion that you may be right!
faintly Hide phonetics
She seemed faintly (= slightly) embarrassed to see us there.
A light flickered faintly (= with little strength) in the distance.
faintness Hide phonetics
the quality of not being strong or clear:
The faintness of the handwriting made the manuscript difficult to read.
faint-hearted Hide phonetics
adjective [before noun]
describes someone who is not confident or brave and dislikes taking unnecessary risks:
The terrorist threat in the region has kept faint-hearted tourists away.
the faint-hearted plural noun
people who are not brave:
The drive along the winding coast road is not for the faint-hearted.
(from Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary)