- having a stiff neck; having torticollis.
- haughty and obstinate; refractory.
Origin of stiff-necked
First recorded in 1520–30
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2. stubborn, obstinate, intractable, willful, pigheaded.
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Examples from the Web for stiffnecked
You are a stiffnecked daughter, but my whip is pliant and will make you pliant too.Plays by August Strindberg, Third Series
He is stiffnecked, but hath no evil in his will, except that he resists me.A Pilgrim Maid
Marion Ames Taggart
The Kaiser is stiffnecked because he does not believe you are going to fight this time.
So stiffnecked a man, so obstinate, so unclerical,—so determined to make much of little!Dr. Wortle's School
I hope you will not accuse me of being too stiffnecked; in other respects I am certainly docile.The Life, Letters and Work of Frederic Leighton
Mrs. Russell Barrington
- haughtily stubborn or obstinate
Word Origin and History for stiffnecked
1520s, from stiff (adj.), translating Latin dura cervice in Vulgate, from Greek sklero trachelos, a literal translation from Hebrew qesheh 'oref.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper