Definitions for: Stickle


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



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.
--Dryden.

The obstinacy with which he stickles for the wrong.
--Hazlitt.

3. To play fast and loose; to pass from one side to the
other; to trim.


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.
Sidney.


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.

See Also: argue, contend, debate, fence

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