stickler

noun
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

Examples of stickler in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This from a Navy veteran who was a stickler for office attendance before the pandemic, insisting that his 1,500 employees with desk jobs show up just like his company’s 10,000 front-line medical workers. Callum Borchers, WSJ, 1 Sep. 2022 Remember how much of a stickler the latter was for the exact amount of money in El Camino, when Jesse was a little short? Andy Meek, BGR, 9 Aug. 2022 As Hickory Huskers coach Norman Dale, Gene Hackman is the prototype of a Hollywood basketball coach: unrelentingly motivational, selectively surly, and a stickler for fundamentals. Keith Nelson, Men's Health, 29 July 2022 Thursday’s celebration of life for arguably Salem’s most famous resident, always a stickler for keeping his meetings to no longer than an hour, clocked in at nearly an hour and 45 minutes at Salem Convention Center. oregonlive, 19 May 2022 Officer Schurr, who is on leave and whose name was publicly released on Monday, was a stickler for the rules: A former college track teammate recalled him as scolding fellow athletes for drinking and partying. New York Times, 27 Apr. 2022 That was kind of interesting because Dad was a big stickler on always going with the lines, always practicing from inside the hash. Los Angeles Times, 7 Feb. 2022 NuLeaf Naturals is another brand that is a stickler for quality. Sophie Saint Thomas, Forbes, 18 Mar. 2022 The team chemistry was off the charts, to the point that Kapler and president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi, an analytics stickler, both pointed to the clubhouse vibe as a primary reason for the Giants’ success last year. Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle, 14 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of stickler

1799, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 Sep 2022

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“Stickler.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stickler. Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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