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 Get used to the idea of using the BTS Skytrain and the MRT rail lines, otherwise getting anywhere fast will likely be a stickler for your trip. Travel + Leisure, 14 July 2021 The message that the F.D.A. is a stickler is not a bad one. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, 25 Apr. 2021 Having spent two years at the West Point Military Academy, John was a stickler for punctuality and order. . . . Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 12 Feb. 2021 Be a stickler about observing the politeness that keeps the wheels of social interaction turning smoothly. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, 15 Jan. 2021 The Crown portrays her as a stickler for social rules, which appears to be true. Shannon Carlin,, 16 Nov. 2020 Still, a stickler for the rules and an ardent monarchist, Thatcher famously arrived early to her meetings with the queen and gave incredibly low, reverential curtsies. Anna Leszkiewicz, New York Times, 16 Nov. 2020 And if The Crown has taught us anything, it’s that Queen Elizabeth is a stickler for the rules. Anne Cohen,, 15 Nov. 2020 As a curriculum writer and teacher, Sally was a stickler for scientific accuracy and had extremely creative ways of presenting complicated material in an understanding manner. Frederick N. Rasmussen,, 4 Nov. 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 30 Jul. 2021.

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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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