Stickler Stic"kler (st[i^]k"kl[~e]r), n. [See {Stickle}, v. t.] One who stickles. Specifically: [1913 Webster] (a) One who arbitrates a duel; a sidesman to a fencer; a second; an umpire. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Basilius, the judge, appointed sticklers and trumpets whom the others should obey. --Sir P. Sidney. [1913 Webster]

Our former chiefs, like sticklers of the war, First sought to inflame the parties, then to poise. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] (b) One who pertinaciously contends for some trifling things, as a point of etiquette; an unreasonable, obstinate contender; as, a stickler for ceremony. [1913 Webster]

The Tory or High-church were the greatest sticklers against the exorbitant proceedings of King James II. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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