stiff-necked

[stif-nekt]
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adjective

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

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stiff-necked

adjective

haughtily stubborn or obstinate
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Word Origin and History for stiffnecked
adj.

1520s, from stiff (adj.), translating Latin dura cervice in Vulgate, from Greek sklero trachelos, a literal translation from Hebrew qesheh 'oref.

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