stiff-necked


Also found in: Thesaurus.

stiff-necked

(stĭf′nĕkt′)
adj.
Stubborn and arrogant or aloof.

stiff-necked

adj
haughtily stubborn or obstinate

stiff′-necked′



adj.
1. having a stiff neck; having torticollis.
2. haughty and obstinate; refractory.
[1520–30]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.stiff-necked - haughtily stubborn; "a stiff-necked old Boston brahmin"
obstinate, stubborn, unregenerate - tenaciously unwilling or marked by tenacious unwillingness to yield

stiff-necked

adjective
Translations

stiff-necked

[ˈstɪfˈnekt] ADJ (fig) → porfiado, terco

stiff-necked

adj (fig)halsstarrig

stiff-necked

[ˈstɪfˈnɛkt] adj (pej) → ostinato/a, cocciuto/a
References in classic literature ?
I, in my stiff-necked rebellion, almost cursed the dispensation: instead of bending to the decree, I defied it.
If Heaven bore with the whole nation of stiff-necked unbelievers for more years than a layman can number, we may endure the presence of one Jew for a few hours.
Then he had been seized upon by Danglars, who, with a rapid glance at the stiff-necked old major and his modest son, and taking into consideration the hospitality of the count, made up his mind that he was in the society of some nabob come to Paris to finish the worldly education of his heir.
Boythorn, suddenly firing another volley, "that fellow is, and his father was, and his grandfather was, the most stiff-necked, arrogant imbecile, pig-headed numskull, ever, by some inexplicable mistake of Nature, born in any station of life but a walking-stick's
After which time the stupid, obtrusive, wakeful entity which we call "I", as impatient as he is stiff-necked, spite of our teeth will force himself back again, and take possession of us down to our very toes.
Whether the nuns of yore, being of a submissive rather than a stiff-necked generation, habitually bent their contemplative heads to avoid collision with the beams in the low ceilings of the many chambers of their House; whether they sat in its long low windows telling their beads for their mortification, instead of making necklaces of them for their adornment; whether they were ever walled up alive in odd angles and jutting gables of the building for having some ineradicable leaven of busy mother Nature in them which has kept the fermenting world alive ever since; these may be matters of interest to its haunting ghosts (if any), but constitute no item in Miss Twinkleton's half-yearly accounts.