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

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She was described by family as intelligent, organized, practical, inquisitive, a stickler for proper grammar, a survivor in difficult situations, and a gentlewoman. Bonnie L. Cook,, "Gladys Palmer Bewley O’Brien, 96, former director of the Haddonfield Public Library," 5 June 2019 Since leaving office, Mr. Obama has become not only a stickler for border enforcement and cultural assimilation but also a critic of identity politics. Jason L. Riley, WSJ, "A Critique of Identity Politics—From Obama," 24 July 2018 When calculating your bill, tow companies are sticklers for marking the passage of time. Danny Westneat, The Seattle Times, "A $21,634 bill? How a homeless woman fought her way out of tow-company hell," 17 Oct. 2018 After the refiner’s fire of a midterm defeat burns through the GOP, Trump would be freer to run without so many conservative sticklers grousing about ideological transgressions or behavioral excesses. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "No, free market conservatives are not becoming Dems," 31 July 2018 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,, "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

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First Known Use of stickler

1799, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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