- having a stiff neck; having torticollis.
- haughty and obstinate; refractory.
Origin of stiff-necked
First recorded in 1520–30
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2. stubborn, obstinate, intractable, willful, pigheaded.
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Examples from the Web for stiff-necked
Judge Granger—that inflated, stiff-necked, egotistical bag of conceit!Mixed Faces
They treated them stiff-necked food-slingers like they was a lot of wooden Indians.Shorty McCabe
You flattered yourself you were going to get riches, but your daughters were too stiff-necked.Russian Fairy Tales
W. R. S. Ralston
The old Alroy blood flows in his veins, a stiff-necked race.Alroy
This was a new aspect of the stiff-necked young teamster they had known.The Huntress
- haughtily stubborn or obstinate
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