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stiff-necked

[stif-nekt] /ˈstɪfˈnɛkt/
adjective
1.
having a stiff neck; having torticollis.
2.
haughty and obstinate; refractory.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30
Related forms
stiffneckedly
[stif-nek-id-lee, -nekt-lee] /ˈstɪfˈnɛk ɪd li, -ˈnɛkt li/ (Show IPA),
adverb
stiffneckedness, noun
Synonyms
2. stubborn, obstinate, intractable, willful, pigheaded.
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British Dictionary definitions for stiffnecked

stiff-necked

adjective
1.
haughtily stubborn or obstinate
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Word Origin and History for stiffnecked
adj.

1520s, from stiff (adj.), translating Latin dura cervice in Vulgate, from Greek sklero trachelos, a literal translation from Hebrew qesheh 'oref.

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