[stik-uh l]

verb (used without object), stick·led, stick·ling.

to argue or haggle insistently, especially on trivial matters.
to raise objections; scruple; demur.

Origin of stickle

1520–30; variant of obsolete stightle to set in order, frequentative of stight to set in order, Middle English stighten, Old English stihtan to arrange; cognate with German stiften, Old Norse stētta to set up Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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verb (intr)

to dispute stubbornly, esp about minor points
to refuse to agree or concur, esp by making petty stipulations

Word Origin for stickle

C16 stightle (in the sense: to arbitrate): frequentative of Old English stihtan to arrange; related to Old Norse stētta to support
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