stiff-necked


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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 ?
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.
Fang was a lean, long-backed, stiff-necked, middle-sized man, with no great quantity of hair, and what he had, growing on the back and sides of his head.
She was unlike most other girls of her age, in this--that she had ideas of her own, and was stiff-necked enough to set the fashions themselves at defiance, if the fashions didn't suit her views.
Truly, those of the cloth do not love me overmuch, and when it comes to doing as I desire in such a matter, they are as like as not to prove stiff-necked.
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.
The man in blue being a light-haired, stiff-necked, free and easy sort of footman, with a swaggering air and pert face, had attracted Mr.