American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Unreasonably, often perversely unyielding; bullheaded.
- adj. Firmly resolved or determined; resolute. See Synonyms at obstinate.
- adj. Characterized by perseverance; persistent.
- adj. Difficult to treat or deal with; resistant to treatment or effort: stubborn soil; stubborn stains.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Sturdy; stout; strong.
- Fixed or set in opinion or purpose; obstinately determined; inflexibly resolute; not to be moved by persuasion; unyielding.
- Persistently obdurate; obtuse to reason or right; obstinately perverse. [This sense depends upon the connection, and is not always clearly distinguishable from the preceding, since what is justifiable or natural persistence from one point of view may be sheer perversity from another.]
- Persistently pursued or practised; obstinately maintained; not readily abandoned or relinquished.
- Difficult of treatment or management; hard to deal with or handle; not easily manipulated; refractory; tough; unyielding; stiff.
- Harsh; rough; rude; coarse in texture or quality.
- Synonyms and Refractory, Intractable, etc. (see obstinate); wilful, headstrong, unruly, inflexible, obdurate, ungovernable, indocile, mulish.
- To make stubborn; render stiff, unyielding, enduring, or the like.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Firm as a stub or stump; stiff; unbending; unyielding; persistent; hence, unreasonably obstinate in will or opinion; not yielding to reason or persuasion; refractory; harsh; -- said of persons and things
- adj. not responding to treatment
- adj. tenaciously unwilling or marked by tenacious unwillingness to yield
- From Middle English stoburn, stoburne, styburne, stiborn; probable origin *stybor, *stibor, apparently from Old English styb ("a stump, stub") + adj. formative -or as in Old English bitor, English bitter. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English stuborn. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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