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

Origin of stiff-necked

First recorded in 1520–30
Related formsstiff·neck·ed·ly [stif-nek-id-lee, -nekt-lee] /ˈstɪfˈnɛk ɪd li, -ˈnɛkt li/, adverbstiff·neck·ed·ness, noun

Synonyms for stiff-necked Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for stiff-necked

Historical Examples of stiff-necked

  • 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.


    Benjamin Disraeli

  • This was a new aspect of the stiff-necked young teamster they had known.

    The Huntress

    Hulbert Footner

British Dictionary definitions for stiff-necked



haughtily stubborn or obstinate
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