stiff-necked

[ stif-nekt ]
/ ˈstɪfˈnɛkt /
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adjective

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

Nearby words

  1. stiff,
  2. stiff as a board,
  3. stiff upper lip,
  4. stiff-arm,
  5. stiff-man syndrome,
  6. stiffen,
  7. stiffener,
  8. stiffly,
  9. stiffnecked,
  10. stiffy

Origin of stiff-necked

First recorded in 1520–30

SYNONYMS FOR stiff-necked
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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British Dictionary definitions for stiffneckedness

stiff-necked

adjective

haughtily stubborn or obstinate
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