V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: 1. someone who stubbornly insists on something and is highly attentive to detail; 2. a problem or puzzle that is difficult to solve
Synonyms: nitpicker, puzzle, riddle
Tips: Think of a person who sticks to an idea, plan, or specific detail and won't let it go. That person is a stickler. The word stickler can also denote a problem or puzzle that is difficult to solve, but this meaning is less common.
He's a stickler for punctuality, so don't be late. (person who insists on something)
I'm a stickler for a neat house, and I hate when someone makes a mess. (person who insists and is stubborn about something)
Police officers have to be sticklers to the law; they are not allowed to make any exceptions. (person who insists rules are followed)
Don't be such a stickler; you can break the rules every once in awhile. (person who adheres strictly to rules)
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