stiffnecked

stiff-necked

[stif-nekt]
adjective
1.
having a stiff neck; having torticollis.
2.
haughty and obstinate; refractory.

Origin:
1520–30

stiffneckedly [stif-nek-id-lee, -nekt-lee] , adverb
stiffneckedness, noun


2. stubborn, obstinate, intractable, willful, pigheaded.
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stiff-necked
 
adj
haughtily stubborn or obstinate

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stiffnecked
1526, from stiff (adj.), translating L. dura cervice in Vulgate, from Gk. sklero trachelos, a lit. translation from Heb. qesheh soref.
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