Stubborn

  • 1 Stubborn — Stub born, a. [OE. stoburn, stiborn; probably fr. AS. styb a stub. See {Stub}.] Firm as a stub or stump; stiff; unbending; unyielding; persistent; hence, unreasonably obstinate in will or opinion; not yielding to reason or persuasion; refractory; …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Stubborn — may refer to: HMS Stubborn (P238), an S class submarine Little Miss Stubborn, a character in the Little Miss series of books Mr. Stubborn, a character on the children s television show The Mr. Men Show Stubborn Unwilling to admit defeat to… …

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  • 3 stubborn — [stub′ərn] adj. [ME stoburn, prob. < OE stubb, var. of stybb,STUB] 1. refusing to yield, obey, or comply; resisting doggedly or unreasonably; resolute or obstinate 2. done or carried on in an obstinate or doggedly persistent manner [a stubborn …

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  • 4 stubborn — index callous, chronic, contentious, difficult, disobedient, fractious, froward, impervious, incorrigible …

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  • 5 stubborn — late 14c., of uncertain origin. Earliest form is stiborn. OED, Liberman doubt any connection with STUB (Cf. stub) (n.). Related: Stubbornly; stubbornness …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 stubborn — *obstinate, dogged, pertinacious, mulish, stiff necked, pigheaded, bullheaded Analogous words: rebellious, contumacious, *insubordinate: intractable, recalcitrant, refractory (see UNRULY): obdurate, adamant, inexorable, *inflexible Contrasted… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 7 stubborn — [adj] obstinate, unyielding adamant, balky, bullheaded, cantankerous, contumacious, cussed*, determined, dogged, firm, fixed, hardheaded, headstrong, inexorable, inflexible, insubordinate, intractable, mulish, obdurate, opinionated, ornery*,… …

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  • 8 stubborn — ► ADJECTIVE 1) determined not to change one s attitude or position. 2) difficult to move, remove, or cure. DERIVATIVES stubbornly adverb stubbornness noun. ORIGIN of unknown origin …

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  • 9 stubborn — 01. He knew he was wrong, but he was simply too [stubborn] to admit it. 02. My boss is so [stubborn]. Once he gets an idea in his head, there s just no changing his mind. 03. The policeman [stubbornly] refused to reduce my speeding ticket to a… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 10 stubborn — stubbornly, adv. stubbornness, n. /stub euhrn/, adj. 1. unreasonably obstinate; obstinately unmoving: a stubborn child. 2. fixed or set in purpose or opinion; resolute: a stubborn opponent of foreign aid. 3. obstinately maintained, as a course of …

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  • 11 stubborn — adjective 1) you re too stubborn to admit it Syn: obstinate, headstrong, willful, strong willed, pigheaded, obdurate, difficult, contrary, perverse, recalcitrant, inflexible, iron willed, uncompromising, unbending; informal stiff necked, bloody… …

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  • 12 stubborn */ — UK [ˈstʌbə(r)n] / US [ˈstʌbərn] adjective Word forms stubborn : adjective stubborn comparative stubborner superlative stubbornest 1) a) a stubborn person is not willing to change their ideas or to consider anyone else s reasons or arguments b)… …

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  • 13 stubborn — stub|born [ˈstʌbən US ərn] adj 1.) determined not to change your mind, even when people think you are being unreasonable ▪ Why are you so stubborn? ▪ I ve got a very stubborn streak (=a tendency to be stubborn) . ▪ Paul can be as stubborn as a… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 stubborn — stub|born [ stʌbərn ] adjective * 1. ) a stubborn person is not willing to change their ideas or consider anyone else s reasons or arguments a ) showing that you are not willing to listen or change what you think: a stubborn look/voice/chin 2. )… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 15 stubborn — adjective 1 determined not to change your mind, even when people think you are being unreasonable: a stubborn streak (=a stubborn part of your character): I knew you d be too stubborn to listen! | stubborn as a mule (=very stubborn) 2 stubborn… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 stubborn — [[t]stʌ̱bə(r)n[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED Someone who is stubborn or who behaves in a stubborn way is determined to do what they want and is very unwilling to change their mind. He is a stubborn character used to getting his own way... His face was set… …

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  • 17 stubborn — stub•born [[t]ˈstʌb ərn[/t]] adj. 1) unreasonably or perversely obstinate; unyielding 2) fixed or set in purpose or opinion; resolute 3) obstinately maintained, as a course of action: stubborn resistance[/ex] 4) difficult to handle, treat, etc.:… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 18 stubborn — adjective Etymology: Middle English stibourne, stuborn Date: 14th century 1. a. (1) unreasonably or perversely unyielding ; mulish (2) justifiably unyielding ; resolute b. suggestive or typical of a strong stubborn nature < a …

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  • 19 stubborn — [ˈstʌbən] adj 1) not willing to change your ideas or decisions Stop being so stubborn![/ex] stubborn anger/pride[/ex] 2) very difficult to change, defeat, or remove stubborn opposition[/ex] stubborn weeds/stains[/ex] stubbornly adv stubbornness… …

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  • 20 stubborn — adj. stubborn about * * * [ stʌbən] stubborn about …

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