stickler

See also: Stickler

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English stighteler, stytelere, equivalent to stickle +‎ -er. The judges at Cornish wrestling matches do indeed carry sticks which serve for signalling and as a badge of their office. This practice has evolved from holding swords and then swordsticks.

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈstɪk.lə/
    • (file)

NounEdit

stickler (plural sticklers)

  1. (now only Cornwall) A referee or adjudicator at a fight, wrestling match, duel, etc. who ensures fair play. [from 16th c.]
  2. Someone who insistently advocates for something. [from 17th c.]
    Synonyms: dogmatist, formalist, pedant, traditionalist
    Lexicographers are sticklers for correct language.

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