from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- intransitive verb To argue or contend stubbornly, especially about trivial or petty points.
- intransitive verb To have or raise objections; scruple.
from The Century Dictionary.
- To interpose in and put a stop to; mediate between; pacify.
- To interpose between combatants and separate them; mediate; arbitrate.
- To take part with one side or the other; uphold one party to a dispute.
- To contest or contend pertinaciously on insufficient grounds; insist upon some trifle.
- To hesitate.
- To play fast and loose; waver from one side to the other; trim.
- noun A sharp point; a prickle; a spine.
- Steep; high; inaccessible.
- High, as the water of a river; swollen; sweeping; rapid.
- noun A shallow in a river where the water, being confined, runs with violence.
- noun A current below a waterfall.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- intransitive verb obsolete To separate combatants by intervening.
- intransitive verb To contend, contest, or altercate, esp. in a pertinacious manner on insufficient grounds.
- intransitive verb To play fast and loose; to pass from one side to the other; to trim.
- noun Obs. or Prov. Eng. A shallow rapid in a river; also, the current below a waterfall.
- transitive verb obsolete To separate, as combatants; hence, to quiet, to appease, as disputants.
- transitive verb obsolete To intervene in; to stop, or put an end to, by intervening; hence, to arbitrate.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- verb obsolete To act as
refereeor arbiter; to mediate.
- verb To
argueor struggle for.
- verb To raise
objections; to argue stubbornly, especially over minoror trivialmatters.
- noun UK, dialect A
shallow rapidin a river.
- noun UK, dialect The
currentbelow a waterfall.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- verb dispute or argue stubbornly (especially minor points)
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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I hate to be a stickler, but I feel it is my duty to stickle, and I really just wanted to use the word "stickle"'cuz I just made it up, but anyway:
Systematic insincerity on the part of the ostensible purveyors of information and leaders of opinion may be deplored by persons who stickle for truth and pin their hopes of social salvation on the spread of accurate information.
On Stewart v Cramer, I found this from The Theory of Business of Enterprise written in 1915 and as good a critique of 20th century media written, and for anyone who "stickle for truth", remains a major issue to sort for 21st century democracy.
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Mr. Helstone, both about France and England; and about revolutions, and regicides, and restorations in general; and about the divine right of kings, which you often stickle for in your sermons, and the duty of non-resistance, and the sanity of war, and -- '
A pickled minnow is very good if you catch him in a stickle, with the scarlet fingers upon him; but
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March 31, 2010