adjective mul·ish \ˈmyü-lish\

: refusing to do what other people want or to change your opinion or the way you do something : very stubborn

Full Definition of MULISH

:  unreasonably and inflexibly obstinate
mul·ish·ly adverb
mul·ish·ness noun

Examples of MULISH

  1. She approached the job with mulish determination.
  2. a mulish insistence on doing things his own way

Origin of MULISH

First Known Use: 1751

Synonym Discussion of MULISH

obstinate, dogged, stubborn, pertinacious, mulish mean fixed and unyielding in course or purpose. obstinate implies usually an unreasonable persistence <an obstinate proponent of conspiracy theories>. dogged suggests an admirable often tenacious and unwavering persistence <pursued the story with dogged perseverance>. stubborn implies sturdiness in resisting change which may or may not be admirable <a person too stubborn to admit error>. pertinacious suggests an annoying or irksome persistence <a pertinacious salesclerk refusing to take no for an answer>. mulish implies a thoroughly unreasonable obstinacy <a mulish determination to have his own way>.

Rhymes with MULISH

MULISHNESS Defined for Kids


adjective mul·ish \ˈmyü-lish\

Definition of MULISH for Kids

:  stubborn 1
mul·ish·ly adverb


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