See also: Stickler
stickler (plural sticklers)
- (now only Cornwall) A referee or adjudicator at a fight, wrestling match, duel, etc. who ensures fair play. [from 16th c.]
1603, John Florio, transl.; Michel de Montaigne, Essayes, printed at London: Edward Blount, OCLC 946730821:, II.27:
In ancient time they were wont to employ third persons as sticklers, to see no treachery or disorder were used, and to beare witnes of the combates successe.
- Sir Philip Sidney
Basilius, the judge, appointed sticklers and trumpets whom the others should obey.
Our former chiefs, like sticklers of the war, / First sought to inflame the parties, then to poise.
- Someone who insistently advocates for something. [from 17th c.]
- Synonyms: dogmatist, formalist, pedant, traditionalist
Lexicographers are sticklers for correct language.
- Jonathan Swift
The Tory or High-church were the greatest sticklers against the exorbitant proceedings of King James II.
someone who insistently advocates for something