Examples from the Web for stickler
Her grammar is fine—Ann is a stickler for grammar—and her anecdotes make sense in that they have a beginning, a middle and an end.
Maybe she's a cop who is a stickler for the rules because she's trying to impress the men upstairs.
But I ain't such a stickler for sharp-edged goodness myself nor in any way at all virtuous.Green Valley|Katharine Reynolds
I thought you were a stickler for people keeping to their own station, and not aping their betters!A Charming Fellow, Volume III (of 3)|Frances Eleanor Trollope
He finished by becoming a punctilious practitioner of Parliamentary forms, a stickler for the minutest observation of order.
In middle age, we find him more of a stickler for propriety of costume.Mr. Punch's History of Modern England Vol. IV of IV.|Charles L. Graves
Although I am a stickler for old-time ways and things, I think I shall leave out all of the old spring dosing except the greens.In Pastures Green|Peter McArthur
British Dictionary definitions for stickler
Word Origin and History for stickler
1530s, "moderator, umpire," from stickle "mediate" (1520s), probably a frequentative of Middle English stihen "to arrange, place," from Old English stihan "to arrange order," which is cognate with Middle Dutch stichten, German stiften "to found, establish," probably from Proto-Germanic *stihtan "to place on a step or base," from PIE root *steigh- "to stride, step, rise" (see stair). Meaning "person who contends or insists stubbornly" is first recorded 1640s.