stickler

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n stickler someone who insists on something "a stickler for promptness"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Stickler stĭk"klẽr One who stickles. "Basilius, the judge, appointed sticklers and trumpets whom the others should obey.""Our former chiefs, like sticklers of the war,
      First sought to inflame the parties, then to poise."
      "The Tory or High-church were the greatest sticklers against the exorbitant proceedings of King James II."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n stickler An attendant on or a judge of a contest, as a duel; a second; hence, an arbitrator; a peacemaker.
    • n stickler An obstinate contender about anything, often about a thing of little consequence: as, a stickler for ceremony; an advocate; a partizan.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Stickler a second or umpire in a duel: an obstinate contender, esp. for something trifling
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Stickle (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A dim. of stick (n.).

Usage

In literature:

Even Penny Crain, thorny little stickler for fair play that she was, relaxed with a tremulous sigh.
"Murder at Bridge" by Anne Austin
You can't be too much of a stickler for rules.
"Frank Merriwell's Chums" by Burt L. Standish
The Deacon is a great stickler on distances.
"Cape Cod Folks" by Sarah P. McLean Greene
The metropolitan bishop, at this time, was Parker, a great stickler for the forms of the church, and very intolerant in all his opinions.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
Old James Patterson was the fussiest man who ever lived, and a stickler for neatness.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1907 to 1908" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
She's a stickler for form.
"The Kingdom Round the Corner" by Coningsby Dawson
You may be sure that old lady is a stickler for the proprieties when she's at home; widow of a bishop most likely.
"The Madness of May" by Meredith Nicholson
He was a big, bluff man of about thirty-five, a strict disciplinarian, and a stickler for duty.
"The Submarine Hunters" by Percy F. Westerman
He was a stickler for facts.
"The Watchers of the Plains" by Ridgewell Cullum
Now the Colonel was a bit of a stickler for ceremony and the boys were always obliged to salute him when they met him.
"The Hilltop Boys" by Cyril Burleigh
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In poetry:

But he was a stickler for duty
And only got off once a week
And then he 'got off' at Southend
With the Duchess of Barking-Creek.
"The Sailor Comes Home With The Washing" by T W Connor
"Come ye (they cry) in Fortune's trappings dreat,
Ye sick for power, ye sticklers for a name;
Behold where you must take your endless rest,
A bed of earth is all that ye can claim."
"Time: An Elegy. Written Near The Ruins Of Elgin Cathedral" by Robert Alves

In news:

We can be sticklers, curmudgeons, even worrywarts when discussing what is appropriate for fall color and holiday flare.
Why wardens are such sticklers on boating safety rules, plus "baby deer" for sale.
These sticklers for spelling and high standards this week approved 86 new words that came in the form of online public submissions.
I am a huge stickler for customer service, and I hate feeling like I am being brushed off at a business.
A Stickler for True Home Theater.
Ruggieri was a stickler for detail in writing and in life.
Stickler 's time turned out to be Tuesday – two days before Annapolis High's graduation.
That, and his relationship with Ellis, was enough to spur Stickler 's interest in seeing the campus in Morehead, Ky.
And sticklers need to be sure of their facts.
Even with the benefit of hindsight, Jourdan Stickler 's decision to leave Maryland for Virginia last year seems like a no-brainer.
But despite Stickler 's excellent hoops education at the national powerhouse, minutes were scarce and his production was limited.
Sprague a stickler on Styrofoam.
Carol Rulla, Gresham's accidental neighborhood advocate, is organized and a stickler for the smallest details.
But the incoming central bank chief is known as a stickler for Fed autonomy.
The chorus is under the direction of Larry Stickler with Tom Minshall on piano and organ.
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In science:

To paraphrase the humorist Michael Feldman, readers who are sticklers for the whole truth should write their own lectures.
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