- unreasonably obstinate; obstinately unmoving: a stubborn child.
- fixed or set in purpose or opinion; resolute: a stubborn opponent of foreign aid.
- obstinately maintained, as a course of action: a stubborn resistance.
- difficult to manage or suppress: a stubborn horse; a stubborn pain.
- hard, tough, or stiff, as stone or wood; difficult to shape or work.
Origin of stubborn
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Examples from the Web for stubborn
Some would call him stubborn for holding out on payoffs from the oil companies.Our Trip to The Climate War's Ground Zero
September 19, 2014
His stubborn efforts to fulfill his dream have yet to pay off, but he carefully lists all the near misses.The Most Depressing Show on Earth: Amongst the Clowns of Newark
March 16, 2014
Most importantly, the biggest issue facing the country is our stubborn, stagnant unemployment.'Crossfire' Predicts the State of the Union
January 28, 2014
“I was always defiant and stubborn in everything I did,” he said late in life.The Week in Death: The Last to Surrender
January 19, 2014
The instructions become a tad irritating, especially for more independent or stubborn members of the audience.Seduced by Art & Beauty ‘At the House of Mr X’
January 17, 2014
Will you go down, and humble that stubborn spirit of yours to your mamma?Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
You cannot conceive in your mind how stubborn and brainless they are.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
There was no least relaxation in the stubborn lines of his face.Within the Law
And yet, when all has been said, we are confronted with a mournful but stubborn fact.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
It is undoubtedly better to deceive him entirely, and since he will be stubborn he must be tricked.Lady Susan
- refusing to comply, agree, or give in; obstinate
- difficult to handle, treat, or overcome
- persistent and doggeda stubborn crusade
Word Origin and History for stubborn
late 14c., of uncertain origin. Earliest form is stiborn. OED, Liberman doubt any connection with stub (n.). Related: Stubbornly; stubbornness.