STICKLE, v.i. [from the practice of prize-fighters, who placed seconds with staves or sticks to interpose occasionally.]

1. To take part with one side or other.

Fortune, as she wont, turnd fickle, and for the foe began to stickle.

2. To contend; to contest; to altercate. Let the parties stickle each for his favority doctrine.

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

STICKLE, v.t. To arbitrate. [Not in use.]