mulish

[myoo-lish]

adjective

of or like a mule, as being very stubborn, obstinate, or intractable.

Origin of mulish

First recorded in 1745–55; mule1 + -ish1
Related formsmul·ish·ly, adverbmul·ish·ness, nounun·mul·ish, adjective
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mulish

adjective

stubborn; obstinate; headstrong
Derived Formsmulishly, adverbmulishness, noun
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Word Origin and History for mulishness

mulish

adj.

1751, from mule (n.1) + -ish. Related: Mulishly; mulishness.

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