Simple Definition of stubborn
: refusing to change your ideas or to stop doing something
: difficult to deal with, remove, etc.
Full Definition of stubborn
2 : performed or carried on in an unyielding, obstinate, or persistent manner <stubborn effort>
3 : difficult to handle, manage, or treat <a stubborn cold>
4 : lasting <stubborn facts>
Examples of stubborn
Louise was not the first to posit the idea of a miniature horse ancestral to the Arab; but she was the only one stubborn enough to prove it. —Jason Elliot, Mirrors of the Unseen, 2006
To remove stubborn price tags from items like dishes and glassware, I use a cotton pad or Q-tip soaked with rubbing alcohol. The alcohol dissolves the sticky glue and doesn't mess up my manicure. —Kathe Palmucci, Real Simple, April 2003
In the search for strategies to deal with the stubborn and deadly problem of driving under the influence, many cops are turning to an unusual tactic: Recruiting volunteer drinkers and drug users to teach officers to recognize impaired drivers. —Russell Gold, Wall Street Journal, 29 Oct. 2002
She's wrong, but she's too stubborn to admit it.
I admire his stubborn refusal to quit.
trying to treat a stubborn infection
Origin of stubborn
Middle English stibourne, stuborn
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of stubborn
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