stiff-necked

[ stif-nekt ]
/ ˈstɪfˈnɛkt /

adjective

having a stiff neck; having torticollis.
haughty and obstinate; refractory.

Origin of stiff-necked

First recorded in 1520–30

Related forms

stiff·neck·ed·ly [stif-nek-id-lee, -nekt-lee] /ˈstɪfˈnɛk ɪd li, -ˈnɛkt li/, adverbstiff·neck·ed·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for stiff-necked

stiff-necked


adjective

haughtily stubborn or obstinate
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