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
stubbornnessplay \-bər(n)-nəs\ noun
Examples of stubborn in a Sentence
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
Recent Examples of stubborn from the Web
The May data is an indication of how stubborn gains have been in Canada’s biggest real estate markets.
Balint also possesses a seemingly bottomless appetite for competition, alternately challenging her three younger brothers to contests involving eating and racing and her parents with her stubborn streak.
The shipments are putting the U.S. on the path to becoming a net gas exporter by next year — a welcome development for the nation’s gas bulls, who need exports to bolster prices as mild weather leaves a stubborn stockpile glut intact.
Like Donald Trump, the Labour leader is prone to outbursts of tetchy, erratic and stubborn behavior.
And the stubborn reactor, mysteriously, wouldn’t cool down.
The Terps (23-0) had trouble putting away a pesky and stubborn Eagles squad (17-7), which twice came within a goal after five- and four-goal deficits.
The ethical principle in this case is simple and stubborn: Employees are owed the protections that legislators have reasonably provided for them.
Following the failure of the Republican health-care bill, President Trump and GOP leaders face stubborn opposition in both parties over the federal budget.
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Stubborn as a Mule (or Some Other Animal)
Most of us are familiar with the expression stubborn as a mule, which some feel is unfair to this hybrid animal. In fairness to the mule, let us look at some of the other animals that the English language has seen fit to equate with stubbornness over the years. John Wolcot wrote of being “as stubborn as a halter’d ram.” In the 19th century satirical work The Family of the Seisers, a character is described as being “as stubborn as a dog-fish.” And a character in Maria Edgeworth’s play Love and Law describes her own hair as “stubborn as a Presbyterian.” These curious phrases are, however, exceptional: the mule is by far the most commonly referenced animal when describing stubbornness. We have been using as stubborn as a mule since at least 1771, when the expression appears in Tobias Smollett’s The Expedition of Humphry Clinker.
Origin and Etymology of stubborn
Middle English stibourne, stuborn
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of stubborn
STUBBORN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of stubborn for English Language Learners
: refusing to change your ideas or to stop doing something
: difficult to deal with, remove, etc.
STUBBORN Defined for Kids
Definition of stubborn for Students
1 : refusing to change an opinion or course of action in spite of difficulty or urging She's too stubborn to ask for help.
2 : persistent a stubborn cough
3 : difficult to handle, manage, or treat a stubborn stain
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