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Definition of "stiff-necked" [stiff•-necked]

  • Stubborn and arrogant or aloof. See Synonyms at obstinate. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "stiff-necked" in a sentence
  • "I never liked the expression stiff-necked, but yes, as I conceded to Chloë’s mother in the course of what I now realize had been planned as a goodbye and good-riddance tea, we were an implacable people."
  • ""And it's just as important that Republicans not be stiff-necked about working across the aisle when important work must be done," Mr. Kasich said."
  • "The stiff-necked philosophies of the environmental and energy lobbies have killed most of the US"