Definition of STIFF-NECKED

having a feeling of superiority that shows itself in an overbearing attitude <he was too stiff-necked to admit that underlings might have useful ideas>
marked by or showing careful attention to set forms and details <her dinner parties are typically stiff-necked affairs, more to be endured than enjoyed>
sticking to an opinion, purpose, or course of action in spite of reason, arguments, or persuasion <obviously uninterested in hearing any excuses, the stiff-necked officer handed me my speeding ticket with a flourish>

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