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stickler

[stik-ler] /ˈstɪk lər/
noun
1.
a person who insists on something unyieldingly (usually followed by for):
a stickler for ceremony.
2.
any puzzling or difficult problem.
Origin
1530-1540
1530-40; stickle + -er1
Synonyms
1. fanatic, purist, perfectionist. 2. puzzle, riddle, mystery.
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Examples from the web for stickler
  • Julia, it turns out, was a stickler for organization.
  • She was a stickler for first-hand verification of ideas, rather than blind following.
  • He was a stickler for personal hygiene, recalls a butler, and hated the smell of sweat.
  • If you must double-check details or if someone is a stickler, be diplomatic.
British Dictionary definitions for stickler

stickler

/ˈstɪklə/
noun
1.
(usually foll by for) a person who makes insistent demands: a stickler for accuracy
2.
a problem or puzzle: the investigation proved to be a stickler
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Word Origin and History for stickler
n.

1530s, "moderator, umpire," from stickle "mediate" (1520s), probably a frequentative of Middle English stihen "to arrange, place," from Old English stihan "to arrange order," which is cognate with Middle Dutch stichten, German stiften "to found, establish," probably from Proto-Germanic *stihtan "to place on a step or base," from PIE root *steigh- "to stride, step, rise" (see stair). Meaning "person who contends or insists stubbornly" is first recorded 1640s.

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