Share this entry

Share this page

stickler

Line breaks: stick|ler
Pronunciation: /ˈstɪklə
 
/

Definition of stickler in English:

noun

A person who insists on a certain quality or type of behaviour: he’s a stickler for accuracy I’m a stickler when it comes to timekeeping
More example sentences
  • Fluent in five languages, highly informed and a stickler for precise dates and details, she is equally at ease mothering me with biscuits, stuffing plant cuttings into my hands or scolding me for my dismal grasp of the Czech language.
  • He told a story involving a commanding officer who was a stickler for precision, and whose great aim was to see the trombone players of the band with their elbows at the same angle.
  • He was also, however, a stickler for truth and accuracy, and this might have led to his death.

Origin

mid 16th century (in the sense 'umpire'): from obsolete stickle 'be umpire', alteration of obsolete stightle 'to control', frequentative of Old English stiht(i)an 'set in order'.

More
  • A stickler is a person who insists on a certain quality or type of behaviour. The first recorded sense, in the 1530s, was ‘referee or umpire’, and the word was based on the now obsolete term stickle, meaning ‘to be an umpire’: ‘There had been blood-shed, if I had not stickled’, wrote the English dramatist William Cartwright in 1643.

Words that rhyme with stickler

snifflersigla

Definition of stickler in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day cumbersome
Pronunciation: ˈkəmbərsəm
adjective
large or heavy and therefore difficult to carry…