Definition of stiff-necked in English:

stiff-necked

adjective

  • (of a person or their behavior) haughty and stubborn.

    • ‘He appeared surprised that many in the music profession today were stiff-necked.’
    • ‘For fans of witty musical numbers, there are sequences like the patter song in which Millie takes dictation from her stiff-necked boss, and repeats it at lightning speed.’
    • ‘My sister jumps through hoops for her like a puppy seeking approval and I get stiff-necked in the face of Mother's orders and pronouncements.’
    • ‘Peaceful demonstrators are squaring off with stiff-necked authorities over the city's refusal to grant permission for the rally they want.’
    • ‘Anyway, it was a beautiful sunny fresh powder type of day and a bunch of stiff-necked fools weren't going to spoil it.’
    • ‘If some of them should prove stiff-necked, what of it?’
    • ‘If the Jewish people were not stiff-necked, we'd never have survived till today.’
    • ‘Some have defended the Christian faith and others have criticised it - choosing to label its adherents as stiff-necked, lobotomised fundamentalists.’
    • ‘Second, the people were stiff-necked and hard-hearted.’
    • ‘We are a stiff-necked people and a people of long memory.’
    • ‘God will not reach beyond the boundaries of your own stiff-necked, hard-of-heart will and save you against your will!’
    • ‘For I know how rebellious and stiff-necked you are.’
    • ‘The truculent aggression and stiff-necked unilateralism of the American and Israeli teams are already well known.’
    • ‘Carly just smiled, and egged the stiff-necked officer to take her turn.’
    • ‘Though stiff-necked and officious, the commanders aren't demonized nor singled out for blame.’
    • ‘Shakespeare's Coriolanus, for example, gives us the tragedy of a great military hero brought down by his stiff-necked inability to credit the legitimacy - even, the collective humanity - of larger society.’
    • ‘We look back at the stiff-necked Victorians with a smug sense of superiority.’
    • ‘Hence the sound advice from less stiff-necked writers to young bachelors: if you're looking for a girl, check out the city's major marketplaces.’
    • ‘Opera did not take off in England in this period, partly because it was frowned on as immoral by stiff-necked Protestants, and partly because no finance was forthcoming from the state, as in France, or from municipalities, as in Italy.’
    • ‘But if the stiff-necked transgressors cannot be persuaded, they can be cowed and conquered.’
    obstinate, stubborn as a mule, mulish, headstrong, wilful, strong-willed, self-willed, pig-headed, bull-headed, obdurate, awkward, difficult, contrary, perverse, recalcitrant, refractory
    stubborn, obstinate, mulish, as stubborn as a mule, pig-headed, bull-headed, unyielding, inflexible, unbending, intractable, uncompromising, obdurate
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Pronunciation

stiff-necked

/ˈstɪf ˈˌnɛkt//ˈstif ˈˌnekt/