Definition of stickling in English:

stickling

noun

rare
  • Any of various spinous saltwater or freshwater fishes, specifically a stickleback (family Gasterosteidae).

noun

  • The action or an act of stickle; especially (in early use) vigorous striving or participation, (in later use) insistence that something should follow a prescribed form or be done in a prescribed way.

Origin

Late Middle English. Apparently cognate with or formed similarly to Middle Dutch stekelinc (Dutch stekeling), Middle Low German stekelinc, stickelinc, Middle High German stichelinc (German Stichling)<br>late 16th century. From stickle + -ing.

Pronunciation

stickling

/ˈstɪklɪŋ/