from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Extremely or irrationally stubborn and intractable. synonym: obstinate.
  • adjective Resembling a mule.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Like a mule; having the characteristics of a mule; sullen; stubborn; also, of a hybrid character.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Like a mule; sullen; stubborn.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Characteristic of a mule; stubborn, obstinate, or intractable

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective unreasonably rigid in the face of argument or entreaty or attack


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