• WordNet 3.6
    • v stickle dispute or argue stubbornly (especially minor points)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Stickle A shallow rapid in a river; also, the current below a waterfall. "Patient anglers, standing all the day
      Near to some shallow stickle or deep bay."
    • Stickle To contend, contest, or altercate, esp. in a pertinacious manner on insufficient grounds. "Fortune, as she 's wont, turned fickle,
      And for the foe began to stickle ."
      "While for paltry punk they roar and stickle .""The obstinacy with which he stickles for the wrong."
    • Stickle To intervene in; to stop, or put an end to, by intervening; hence, to arbitrate. "They ran to him, and, pulling him back by force, stickled that unnatural fray."
    • Stickle To play fast and loose; to pass from one side to the other; to trim.
    • Stickle To separate combatants by intervening. "When he [the angel] sees half of the Christians killed, and the rest in a fair way of being routed, he stickles betwixt the remainder of God's host and the race of fiends."
    • Stickle To separate, as combatants; hence, to quiet, to appease, as disputants. "Which [question] violently they pursue,
      Nor stickled would they be."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n stickle A sharp point; a prickle; a spine.
    • stickle Steep; high; inaccessible.
    • stickle High, as the water of a river; swollen; sweeping; rapid.
    • n stickle A shallow in a river where the water, being confined, runs with violence.
    • n stickle A current below a waterfall.
    • stickle To interpose in and put a stop to; mediate between; pacify.
    • stickle To interpose between combatants and separate them; mediate; arbitrate.
    • stickle To take part with one side or the other; uphold one party to a dispute.
    • stickle To contest or contend pertinaciously on insufficient grounds; insist upon some trifle.
    • stickle To hesitate.
    • stickle To play fast and loose; waver from one side to the other; trim.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Stickle stik′l to interpose between combatants: to contend obstinately: to hesitate
    • n Stickle a sharp point, a prickle, a spine
    • adj Stickle stik′l high, rapid
    • n Stickle a current below a waterfall
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Probably fr. OE. stightlen, stitlen, to dispose, arrange, govern, freq. of stihten, AS. stihtan,: cf. G. stiften, to found, to establish


In literature:

A yard from the reeds just above that stickle.
"The Thirty-nine Steps" by John Buchan
They were wise not to stickle about rules, for Peter's eyesight and nerve were as good as those of any boy of twenty.
"Mr. Standfast" by John Buchan
But Master Stickles assured her that the King's writ often had that effect, and the symptom was a good one.
"Lorna Doone, A Romance of Exmoor" by R. D. Blackmore
Flying for life, one does not stickle about his vehicle.
"The French Revolution" by Thomas Carlyle
Why, man, I found them fastened on him myself; and there was odd staving and stickling to make them 'ware haunch!
"Waverley, Or 'Tis Sixty Years Hence, Complete" by Sir Walter Scott
I do not 'stickle' about words.
"Jennie Baxter, Journalist" by Robert Barr
I really think I could give you a commission without much stickling of my conscience.
"Vivian Grey" by Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
But Master Stickles assured her that the King's writ often had that effect, and the symptom was a good one.
"Lorna Doone" by R. D. Blackmore
Stickle and Screw are not the men to overlook faults.
"The Garret and the Garden" by R.M. Ballantyne
We (Alcibiade and I) are here duly received into the employment of Herr Stickl, Jeweller to the Court.
"A Tramp's Wallet stored by an English goldsmith during his wanderings in Germany and France" by William Duthie

In news:

Marguerite Claffee Stickles wrote hers in 1937, when she was nearly 60.
Titus Andronicus frontman Patrick Stickles was rushed to the hospital Wednesday night after sustaining a serious electrical zap from a microphone at a Brooklyn rehearsal space.
'In art, there should be no secrets,' says singer Patrick Stickles.
Patrick Stickles of Titus Andronicus.
Chad Stickle (left) and his coach, Tim Mousetis, of the SEVA Seahawks display their Virginia Swimming awards plaques at the Midtown Aquatics Center on Friday.
Hotel Murano Chef Matt Stickle draws inspiration and ingredients from Tacoma Farmers Market, which closes for the season Thursday.
Stickle Quilt Draws Admirers To Bennington Museum.
Jane Stickle Quilt Annual Display.
Quilt sewn by Jane Stickle of Shaftsbury in 1863.
Lead singer Patrick Stickles goes for a long walk in this poignant clip.
Some time after they bought the West Lawrence Street house in 1921, George Stickles started to worry about a small growth on his tongue.
Patrick Stickles is at home on the road.
Dan Galliher, John Scaringe, Chris Kowalski, Jeff Hocking, Rachel Walker, Casey Kalica, Jessica Crisci, Deanna Stickles-Bach.
Patrick Stickles on karaoke, uncertainty and defying destiny.
Sixty seconds with Patrick Stickles.