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Where does stubborn come from?
The origin of stubborn is itself fittingly stubborn, or “unreasonably obstinate.” We might assume stubborn is connected to stub, a “short, projecting part or remaining piece” that is often immovable and unyielding. But that just doesn’t seem to be true.
Stubborn is recorded around 1350–1400 and took such forms as stiborn(e), styborne, and stuborn. Beyond that, we just don’t really know. Thanks for nothing, stubborn.
Stubborn isn’t alone: it finds lots of company in other English words that seem simple but whose origins are not. Discover more in our slideshow “‘Dog,’ ‘Boy,’ And Other Words That We Don’t Know Where They Came From.”
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Some words that are very similar to stubborn include obstinate, dogged, and persistent.
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We usually consider stubbornness to be a bad quality of a close-minded person acting in some unreasonable way (such as a stubborn child) or refusing to change their mind (e.g., stubborn holdout). Stubborn is also used to describe inanimate things that refuse to budge or cooperate, as in a stubborn nail or stubborn belief.
The expression stubborn as a mule is used to describe an especially unwavering or uncooperative instance of stubbornness. The simile evokes the proverbial stubbornness of mules, who were once commonly used as draft animals.
How to use stubborn in a sentence
Like him, I’ve hit the so-called “pandemic wall,” a malaise characterized by a slump in productivity, a foggy mind, and in my case, a stubborn case of hives that various doctors I’ve consulted attribute to stress.The pesky pandemic wall|Anne Quito|March 3, 2021|Quartz
Grieving at the way her mother, stubborn and self-sufficient all her life, spent her last confusing, unhappy days.A small town in denial comes face to face with the virus|Will Englund|February 26, 2021|Washington Post
The large funnel end scrapes thin layers of ice off in a few simple motions, while the thinner, meat-hammer-resembling end does serious damage to stubborn ice buildup.Best ice scraper: Hassle-free ways to get rid of snow and ice|PopSci Commerce Team|February 26, 2021|Popular-Science
Other features that might better prepare you for serious winters include a brush, the unconventional “magical” scraper design, an ergonomic scraper, a heated blade for stubborn ice, and even a built-in glove.Best ice scraper: Hassle-free ways to get rid of snow and ice|PopSci Commerce Team|February 26, 2021|Popular-Science
Yalow, born Rosalyn Sussman, described herself as a “stubborn, determined child” and an avid reader who developed an interest in math and chemistry.Top 10 science anniversaries to celebrate in 2021|Tom Siegfried|February 3, 2021|Science News
Some would call him stubborn for holding out on payoffs from the oil companies.Our Trip to The Climate War's Ground Zero|Darren Aronofsky|September 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Several stubborn ideas have steered much of the discourse around health care.Can Fitbit Data Save Lives?|Daniela Drake|August 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His stubborn efforts to fulfill his dream have yet to pay off, but he carefully lists all the near misses.The Most Depressing Show on Earth: Amongst the Clowns of Newark|Lizzie Crocker|March 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Most importantly, the biggest issue facing the country is our stubborn, stagnant unemployment.'Crossfire' Predicts the State of the Union||January 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“I was always defiant and stubborn in everything I did,” he said late in life.The Week in Death: The Last to Surrender|The Telegraph|January 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This stubborn resistance lent all the more lustre to the piety of our benignant Rulers.
He would at once become stubborn and ugly, because he is not used to our quick, nervous, impatient ways.Alila, Our Little Philippine Cousin|Mary Hazelton Wade
Billy Woodchuck soon saw that Grandfather Mole was a stubborn old fellow.The Tale of Grandfather Mole|Arthur Scott Bailey
For hours the issue hung in the balance, and at last even the stubborn Lefbvre began to think of retreat.Napoleon's Marshals|R. P. Dunn-Pattison
For I knew that thou art stubborn, and thy neck is as an iron sinew, and thy forehead as brass.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various