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Meaning of STICKLE

Pronunciation:  'stikul

WordNet Dictionary
[v]  dispute or argue stubbornly (especially minor points)

STICKLE is a 7 letter word that starts with S.


 See Also: argue, contend, debate, fence



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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 intervening. [Obs.]
             When he [the angel] sees half of the Christians
             killed, and the rest in a fair way of being routed,
             he stickles betwixt the remainder of God's host and
             the race of fiends.                   --Dryden.
    2. To contend, contest, or altercate, esp. in a pertinacious
       manner on insufficient grounds.
             Fortune, as she 's wont, turned fickle, And for the
             foe began to stickle.                 --Hudibras.
             While for paltry punk they roar and stickle.
             The obstinacy with which he stickles for the wrong.
    3. To play fast and loose; to pass from one side to the
       other; to trim.
  2. \Stic"kle\, v. t.
    1. To separate, as combatants; hence, to quiet, to appease,
       as disputants. [Obs.]
             Which [question] violently they pursue, Nor stickled
             would they be.                        --Drayton.
    2. To intervene in; to stop, or put an end to, by
       intervening; hence, to arbitrate. [Obs.]
             They ran to him, and, pulling him back by force,
             stickled that unnatural fray.         --Sir P.
  3. \Stic"kle\, n. [Cf. {stick}, v. t. & i.]
    A shallow rapid in a river; also, the current below a
    waterfall. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.]
          Patient anglers, standing all the day Near to some
          shallow stickle or deep bay.             --W. Browne.