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[stif-nekt] /ˈstɪfˈnɛkt/
having a stiff neck; having torticollis.
haughty and obstinate; refractory.
Origin of stiff-necked
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[stif-nek-id-lee, -nekt-lee] /ˈstɪfˈnɛk ɪd li, -ˈnɛkt li/ (Show IPA),
stiffneckedness, noun
2. stubborn, obstinate, intractable, willful, pigheaded. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Should she still be stiff-necked, he writes—see where the pen digged the innocent paper!

    Rewards and Fairies Rudyard Kipling
  • Our stiff-necked Alexandrians in the dust before the victor!

    Cleopatra, Complete Georg Ebers
  • Our stiff-necked, stubborn Lowland nature, produce of half-a-score of conquering nations, has not the right suppleness.

    The Dew of Their Youth S. R. Crockett
  • Governor Andros warned me that you would be stubborn and stiff-necked!

    The Tree That Saved Connecticut Henry Fisk Carlton
  • But Pharaoh was stiff-necked and refused to listen, and in consequence evil days descended upon Egypt.

    Pharos, The Egyptian Guy Newell Boothby
  • The 28th was marked by a notable loosening of Germany's stiff-necked attitude.

  • "I'm a stiff-necked person," said Theydon, trying to smile unconcernedly.

    Number Seventeen Louis Tracy
  • She's so stiff-necked, that there's no making any arrangement with her.

    The Kellys and the O'Kellys Anthony Trollope
  • A "stiff-necked people" demanded the boundless grace and exhaustless patience of God.

    Notes on the book of Exodus C. H. (Charles Henry) Mackintosh
  • But I did for him better than the stiff-necked rascal would do for himself.

    The Great Quest Charles Boardman Hawes
British Dictionary definitions for stiff-necked


haughtily stubborn or obstinate
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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