stick·​ler | \ ˈsti-k(ə-)lər How to pronounce stickler (audio) \

Definition of stickler

1 : one who insists on exactness or completeness in the observance of something a stickler for the rules
2 : something that baffles or puzzles : poser, sticker

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The Conservative Party politician, who is an Old Etonian and stickler for tradition, has outlined an extensive list of words that his staff are banned from using in correspondences with his constituents and fellow MPs. Matthew Robinson, CNN, "Arch-Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg issues stringent style guide to staff," 27 July 2019 But sticklers for historical plausibility are just going to have to get over that, because the result is a convincing and thoroughly enjoyable reframing for our time. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: In Central Park, a ‘Much Ado’ About Something Big," 11 June 2019 After all, members of the royal family are nothing if not sticklers for tradition. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Princess Charlotte's Floral Dress Is Shockingly Still Available to Shop," 1 May 2019 My father was a stickler for details who could be quirky. Jacques Kelly,, "T. Michael McInnis, former General Elevator president, dies," 8 July 2019 Friends called Beau, a stickler for rules, the Sheriff. Adam Entous, The New Yorker, "Will Hunter Biden Jeopardize His Father’s Campaign?," 1 July 2019 Linscott is not being a stickler; frozen custard is not ice cream. CBS News, "Frozen custard: Summer's hottest snack," 30 June 2019 But, crucially, Mendeleev wasn’t a huge stickler for his own rules. Bill Andrews, Discover Magazine, "Everything Worth Knowing About The Periodic Table," 26 June 2019 Designer Coco Chanel wasn’t much of a stickler for intellectual property law herself. Ephrat Livni, Quartzy, "Every invention you use has one thing in common," 18 June 2019

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First Known Use of stickler

1799, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of stickler

: a person who believes that something is very important and should be done or followed all the time

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