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stiff-necked (adj.)

"stubborn, obstinate," 1520s (in Tindale's rendition of Acts vii.51), from stiff (adj.) + neck (n.); translating Latin dura cervice in Vulgate, from Greek sklero trachelos, a literal translation from Hebrew qesheh 'oref.

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Definitions of stiff-necked

stiff-necked (adj.)
haughtily stubborn;
a stiff-necked old Boston brahmin
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