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[stif-nekt] /ˈstɪfˈnɛkt/
having a stiff neck; having torticollis.
haughty and obstinate; refractory.
Origin of stiff-necked
First recorded in 1520-30
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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. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for stiff-necked
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  • Judge Granger—that inflated, stiff-necked, egotistical bag of conceit!

    Mixed Faces Roy Norton
  • They treated them stiff-necked food-slingers like they was a lot of wooden Indians.

    Shorty McCabe Sewell Ford
  • 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 Benjamin Disraeli
  • This was a new aspect of the stiff-necked young teamster they had known.

    The Huntress Hulbert Footner
  • They are stiff-necked, obstinate, ill-conditioned people—that is, the men.

    The Vicar of Bullhampton

    Anthony Trollope
  • Abe was stiff-necked as hell, whether it was cards or cattle, you know that.

    Laramie Holds the Range

    Frank H. Spearman
  • Words may come, but they are words, hard and stiff-necked and pedestrian.

    Nights in London

    Thomas Burke
  • It only developed later what a stiff-necked people the Bulgars could be.

  • Our stiff-necked Alexandrians in the dust before the victor!

    Cleopatra, Complete Georg Ebers
British Dictionary definitions for stiff-necked


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