- 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 stiffneckedness
The stiffneckedness of the Jews has been a fruitful theme for virtuous indignation.
These men mourned in silence over the revolting pride and stiffneckedness of their cotemporaries.
- haughtily stubborn or obstinate
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