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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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 The sons recalled laughing hysterically in the back seat of the car while their father, a stickler for detail, dictated notes to his assistant, Kay, through a Dictaphone. Michelle Kaufman, miamiherald, "No need for cards. Every day is Father's Day for UM basketball coach Jim Larranaga.," 14 June 2018 My grandmother was a stickler for traditions (and rules), especially compared to the rest of the family. Nik Sharma, San Francisco Chronicle, "A Brown Kitchen: Paneer paratha and essential Indian flatbreads," 8 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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