intransitive verb-·led, -·ling
- 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.