/ˈstɪkəl/ (say 'stikuhl)

verb (i) (stickled, stickling)
1. to argue or haggle insistently, especially on trivial matters.
2. to raise objections; scruple; demur.
{Middle English stightle arbitrate, frequentative of obsolete stight, Old English stihtan set in order}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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  • Stickle — Stic kle, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Stickled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Stickling}.] [Probably fr. OE. stightlen, sti?tlen, to dispose, arrange, govern, freq. of stihten, AS. stihtan: cf. G. stiften to found, to establish.] 1. To separate combatants by… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Stickle — Stic kle, n. [Cf. {stick}, v. t. & i.] A shallow rapid in a river; also, the current below a waterfall. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster] Patient anglers, standing all the day Near to some shallow stickle or deep bay. W. Browne. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Stickle — Stic kle, v. t. 1. To separate, as combatants; hence, to quiet, to appease, as disputants. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Which [question] violently they pursue, Nor stickled would they be. Drayton. [1913 Webster] 2. To intervene in; to stop, or put an… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • stickle — index haggle, refuse, remonstrate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • stickle — vb balk, shy, boggle, jib, *demur, scruple, stick, strain Analogous words: *hesitate, vacillate, falter, waver: *object, kick, protest …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • stickle — [stik′əl] vi. stickled, stickling [prob. < ME stightlen, to rule, order, dispose, freq. of stighten, to dispose, destine < OE stihtan, prob. akin to Ger stiften, to arrange, establish: for prob. IE base see STIFF] 1. to raise objections,… …   English World dictionary

  • stickle — verb /ˈstɪk(ə)l/ a) To argue or struggle . ‘She has other people than poor little you to think about, and has gone abroad with them; so you neednt be in the least afraid shell stickle this time for her rights.’ b) To raise objections; to argue… …   Wiktionary

  • stickle — Synonyms and related words: abrupt, arduous, back down, balance, balk, blench, boggle, contend, contend for, debate, deliberate, demur, die hard, falter, fear, fight for, fight shy of, flinch, gag, hang back, hang off, have qualms, hem and haw,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • stickle — intransitive verb (stickled; stickling) Etymology: alteration of Middle English stightlen, frequentative of stighten to arrange, from Old English stihtan; akin to Old Norse stētta to found, support Date: 1642 1. to contend especially stubbornly… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • stickle — /stik euhl/, v.i., stickled, stickling. 1. to argue or haggle insistently, esp. on trivial matters. 2. to raise objections; scruple; demur. [1520 30; var. of obs. stightle to set in order, freq. of stight to set in order, ME stighten, OE stihtan… …   Universalium

  • stickle — tickles …   Anagrams dictionary

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