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intr.v. stick·led, stick·ling, stick·les
1. To argue or contend stubbornly, especially about trivial or petty points.
2. To have or raise objections; scruple.
[Variant of Middle English stightlen, to contend, frequentative of stighten, to arrange, from Old English stihtian, stihtan; see steigh- in Indo-European roots.]
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1. to dispute stubbornly, esp about minor points
2. to refuse to agree or concur, esp by making petty stipulations
[C16 stightle (in the sense: to arbitrate): frequentative of Old English stihtan to arrange; related to Old Norse stētta to support]
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v.i. -led, -ling.
1. to argue or haggle insistently, esp. on trivial matters.
2. to raise objections; scruple; demur.
[1520–30; variant of obsolete stightle to set in order, frequentative of stight, Middle English stighten, Old English stihtan to arrange, c. Old Norse stētta to set up]
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Past participle: stickled
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