stickle

verb
stick·​le | \ ˈsti-kəl How to pronounce stickle (audio) \
stickled; stickling\ ˈsti-​k(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce stickling (audio) \

Definition of stickle

intransitive verb

1 : to contend especially stubbornly and usually on insufficient grounds
2 : to feel scruples : scruple

First Known Use of stickle

1625, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for stickle

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

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“Stickle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stickle. Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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