- Present participle of stickle.
Variant of stickle
intransitive verbstickled, stickling
- 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