Definitions for stubbornˈstʌb ərn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

stub•born*ˈstʌb ərn(adj.)

  1. unreasonably or perversely obstinate; unyielding.

  2. fixed or set in purpose or opinion; resolute.

  3. obstinately maintained, as a course of action:

    stubborn resistance.

  4. difficult to handle, treat, etc.:

    a stubborn pain.

* Syn: stubborn , obstinate , dogged , persistent imply fixity of purpose or condition and resistance to change. stubborn and obstinate both imply resistance to advice, entreaty, protest, or force; but stubborn implies an innate characteristic and is the term usu. used when referring to inanimate things: a stubborn child; a stubborn lock; an obstinate customer. dogged implies willfulness and tenacity, esp. in the face of obstacles: dogged determination. persistent implies having staying or lasting qualities, resoluteness, and perseverance: persistent questioning.

Origin of stubborn:

1350–1400; ME stiborn(e), styborne, stuborn, of uncert. orig.


Princeton's WordNet

  1. stubborn, obstinate, unregenerate(adj)

    tenaciously unwilling or marked by tenacious unwillingness to yield

  2. refractory, stubborn(adj)

    not responding to treatment

    "a stubborn infection"; "a refractory case of acne"; "stubborn rust stains"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. stubborn(adjective)ˈstʌb ərn

    refusing to change an opinion or decision

    She can be very stubborn.; his stubborn belief that change is not good

  2. stubbornˈstʌb ərn

    difficult to stop or fix

    a stubborn cough; a stubborn stain; They stubbornly refuse to apologize.; stubbornly high food prices; His stubbornness finally got him into trouble.


  1. stubborn(Adjective)

    Refusing to move or to change one's opinion; obstinate; firmly resisting.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Stubborn(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; as, stubborn wills; stubborn ore; a stubborn oak; as stubborn as a mule

Translations for stubborn

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


obstinate, or unwilling to yield, obey etc

He's as stubborn as a donkey.

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