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

Examples of stickler in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Wienandt, who besides being a stickler for details could throw out puns with the best of ’em, was known for creating award-winning headlines. Dallas News, "Longtime News staffer Chris Wienandt, ace copy editor, dies at 68," 20 June 2020 In this Medicare Advantage model, patients have a choice whether to renew each year, and Medicare is also a stickler for measuring quality of care and patient satisfaction. Vivian S. Lee, STAT, "Fee for service is a terrible way to pay for health care. Try a subscription model instead," 12 June 2020 David Bocks was a stickler for the rules, his family and coworkers say., "Death, lies and uranium: How an Ohio man’s mysterious disappearance in 1984 still haunts family, friends," 17 Mar. 2020 There was a time when Recording Academy officials were sticklers that all performances on the Grammy Awards had to be of current nominated works. Paul Grein, Billboard, "At the 2020 Grammy Awards, Brand New and Old Songs Got as Much Airtime as Current Nominees," 2 Feb. 2020 To real sticklers for agreement, however, pronouns must tally in both number and gender. The Economist, "Johnson Who do they think they are?," 18 Jan. 2020 Finally, David’s kids told us that their dad was a stickler for the rules., "Accused podcast, Season 3, Chapter 7: A variance in views," 21 Jan. 2020 The harshest of the doping sticklers will be quick to point out that Gatlin (two bans), Rodgers (nine-month ban in 2012) and Coleman (convoluted whereabouts case dismissed last month) also have some baggage in that area. Washington Post, "Hanging on: US sets past aside, wins men’s 4x100 gold medal," 6 Oct. 2019 No surprise for someone who came up under Saban and Belichick, Judge is known as a no-nonsense coach who is a stickler for details. Nora Princiotti,, "Giants to hire Joe Judge, Patriots special-teams coordinator, as head coach," 7 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of stickler

1799, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Stickler.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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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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