- to raise objections, haggle, or make difficulties, esp. in a stubborn, narrow manner and usually about trifles
- to have objections; scruple (at)
Origin of stickleprobably ; from Middle English stightlen, to rule, order, dispose, frequentative of stighten, to dispose, destine ; from Old English stihtan, probably akin to German stiften, to arrange, establish: for probably Indo-European base see stiff
intransitive verbstick·led, stick·ling, stick·les
- To argue or contend stubbornly, especially about trivial or petty points.
- To have or raise objections; scruple.
Origin of stickleVariant of Middle English stightlen, to contend, frequentative of stighten, to arrange, from Old English stihtian, stihtan; see steigh- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present stickles, present participle stickling, simple past and past participle stickled)
Variant of stightle.