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ˈstʌb ərnstub·born

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. stubborn, obstinate, unregenerateadjective

    tenaciously unwilling or marked by tenacious unwillingness to yield

  2. refractory, stubbornadjective

    not responding to treatment

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


  1. stubbornadjective

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. STUBBORNadjective

    Etymology: This word, of which no obvious etymology appears, is derived by John Minsheu from stoutborn, referred by Franciscus Junius to στιβαϱὸς, and deduced better by Mr. Edward Lye, from stub, perhaps from stub-horn.

    The queen is obstinate,
    Stubborn to justice, apt t’ accuse it, and
    Disdainful to be tried by’t. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    You stubborn antient knave, you reverend braggart,
    We’ll teach you. —— William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    He believed he had so humbled the garrison, that they would be no longer so stubborn. Edward Hyde.

    All this is to be had only from the epistles themselves, with stubborn attention, and more than common application. John Locke.

    Strifeful Atin in their stubborn mind,
    Coals of contention and hot vengeance tin’d. Edmund Spenser.

    Love softens me, and blows up fires which pass
    Through my tough heart, and melt the stubborn mass. Dryd.

    I’ll not flatter this tempestuous king,
    But work his stubborn soul a nobler way. Dryden.

    Take a plant of stubborn oak,
    And labour him with many a sturdy stroak. Dryden.

    Patience under torturing pain,
    Where stubborn stoicks would complain. Jonathan Swift.

    We will not oppose any thing that is hard and stubborn, but by a soft answer deaden their force. Burnet.


  1. Stubborn

    Stubborn means having or showing dogged determination not to change one's attitude or position on something.


  1. stubborn

    Stubborn is an adjective that describes a person who is determined to hold onto their own ideas, opinions, or actions and is resistant to change or persuasion. It suggests a refusal to bend, compromise, or yield in spite of logical arguments or reasoning. A stubborn individual may display unwavering persistence in pursuing their goals even when faced with challenges or opposition.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Stubbornadjective

    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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Stubborn

    stub′orn, adj. immovably fixed in opinion: obstinate: persevering: steady: stiff: inflexible: hardy: not easily melted or worked.—v.t. (Keats) to make stubborn.—adv. Stubb′ornly.—n. Stubb′ornness.—adj. Stubb′orn-shaft′ed, having strong shafts or trunks. [A.S. styb, a stub.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of stubborn in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of stubborn in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of stubborn in a Sentence

  1. State John Kerry:

    If we don't lead, future generations will not forgive us, they will want to know how we together could possibly have been so blind, so ideological, so dysfunctional and, frankly, so stubborn.

  2. Roy Wesley Brady:

    They have a family member somewhere, where they can say, ‘Hey, let’s talk about your problems.’ We’re stubborn as military people. I’m very stubborn, but sometimes you’ve got to sit down with somebody that understands you and put your problems on the table. Because taking your life is not the way out. Life is so much better.

  3. Lois Reierson:

    There remains this stubborn unwillingness to look beyond the big-dollar and take something less flashy until you can find that higher-paying job.

  4. Patrick Reed:

    Be stubborn. Focus on what you're doing and not anyone around you, you could see it just by looking at him in the eyes. If looks could kill you, he would literally kill you. It's not because he's not a good guy, he was just so focused and determined to play well. And he obviously gets it. And that's what I'm trying to do.

  5. Mark Twain:

    Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable.

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