stickler

noun
stick·​ler | \ˈsti-k(ə-)lər \

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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While Ramos is known as a stickler for the rules, the U.S. team won't have to worry about coaching violations since captains sit court-side during Davis Cup matches and are permitted to give advice throughout the match. Andrew Dampf, Fox News, "US Davis Cup players try to stay out of Williams controversy," 13 Sep. 2018 Owner Lê, a sartorial stickler, says the shorts must be dressy – no gym or athletic apparel. Michael Klein, Philly.com, "Let's Eat: A chef surfaces in Chesco; LaBan delivers cold dessert truths," 3 July 2018 Stockmarket sticklers can similarly lead others astray. The Economist, "Most stockmarket returns come from a tiny fraction of shares," 23 June 2018 In matters of grammar, the unsure often follow the sticklers. The Economist, "Most stockmarket returns come from a tiny fraction of shares," 23 June 2018 Buy Now Gant slim-fit short-sleeve oxford shirt Real sticklers for authenticity will appreciate Gant’s attention to detail, like the locker loop over the box pleat and the button on the back of the collar. Yang-yi Goh, GQ, "Meet the Only Button-Down You Can Wear Every Day of the Week," 5 July 2018 Luckily, grammar sticklers have pointed out the mistake on many posts using the incorrect spelling. Andrew Clark, Indianapolis Star, "America can't spell: Melania Trump, others use #IndependanceDay — not Independence Day," 4 July 2018 No sticklers for theory, Army ladle commanders have held to an action program for keeping the line moving. Lynda Robinson, Washington Post, "‘Piercingly funny’: Tom Wolfe’s years as a Washington Post reporter," 15 May 2018 Adjacent to his particular passions and hobbies and convictions, the Weird Dad is also a twinkly-eyed stickler. Jen Gann, The Cut, "Watching My Husband Become a Weird Dad," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of stickler

1799, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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stickler

noun

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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