- 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
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Examples from the Web for stickle
"But you did stickle about words an hour ago," said Mr. Hempstead, with some severity.Jennie Baxter, Journalist
But the magistrate was not in a frame of mind to stickle for nicety of expression.Monsieur Lecoq, v.1
Cringe, in the sense of to constrain; and so to stickle, or haggle.Diary of Richard Cocks Vol. I
I would not stickle about hours, but the money and the drink are very just.Sybil
I am not disposed to stickle for this particular phraseology.The Moral Instruction of Children
- to dispute stubbornly, esp about minor points
- to refuse to agree or concur, esp by making petty stipulations
C16 stightle (in the sense: to arbitrate): frequentative of Old English stihtan to arrange; related to Old Norse stētta to support