Adjective "stubborn" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Having or showing dogged determination not to change one's attitude or position on something, especially in spite of good reasons to do so.
  1. 'And then there is that stubborn streak in him that always fired him up.'
  2. 'I am stubborn at times, and this is one of those times.'
  3. 'The rage bubbled up inside of me again at his stubborn insistence.'
  4. 'I'm just as stubborn, if not more so, than you are.'
  5. 'Call me stubborn but once I've started something then I'm going to finish it.'
  6. 'How could they convince the stubborn, mule headed men to not duel?'
  7. 'The group's stubborn refusal to rejoice in their achievement strikes me as strange.'
  8. 'Neither of us likes to give up; you might call us stubborn.'
  9. 'I want us to have children every bit as stubborn as we are!'
  10. 'China's stubborn adherence to the " one China " principle is obviously aimed at restraining Taiwan.'
  11. 'the removal of stubborn screws'
  12. 'I am watching him extract stubborn weeds, while I and my big pregnant belly look on from the grass.'
  13. 'All hopes of hot bath or a soothing gin lay beyond the stubborn green door with its pretty stained glass panels.'
  14. 'Do not be tempted to scrub the gloss finish of the rod itself with the scourer to remove those stubborn mackerel scales.'
  15. 'Cheap booze, an eclectic clientele and a stubborn refusal to move with the times have drawn generations of tipplers.'
  16. 'The number 6 had been pretty easy to remove but the 3 proved to be more stubborn.'


1. unreasonably obstinate; obstinately unmoving: a stubborn child.

2. fixed or set in purpose or opinion; resolute: a stubborn opponent of foreign aid.

3. obstinately maintained, as a course of action: a stubborn resistance.

4. difficult to manage or suppress: a stubborn horse; a stubborn pain.

5. hard, tough, or stiff, as stone or wood; difficult to shape or work.

More examples(as adjective)

"rates can be stubborn at levels."

"people can be stubborn about things."

"people can be stubborn at times."

"people can be stubborn as pigs."

"people can be stubborn as devils."

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Middle English (originally in the sense ‘untameable, implacable’): of unknown origin.


(as) stubborn as a mule