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stickle

play
intransitive verb, stick·le \ˈsti-kəl\

Definition of stickle

stickledstickling play \-k(ə-)liŋ\

  1. 1 :  to contend especially stubbornly and usually on insufficient grounds

  2. 2 :  to feel scruples :  scruple



Origin of stickle

alteration of Middle English stightlen, frequentative of stighten to arrange, from Old English stihtan; akin to Old Norse stētta to found, support


First Known Use: 1642


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