- The definition of stubborn is being determined not to obey or yield.
An example of stubborn is a toddler who will not get out of a car.
- Stubborn is defined as being unwilling to change your opinion or stance, in spite of good reasons to.
An example of stubborn is a dictator who has lost the popularity of his people, but refuses to step down from office.
- refusing to yield, obey, or comply; resisting doggedly or unreasonably; resolute or obstinate
- done or carried on in an obstinate or doggedly persistent manner: a stubborn campaign
- hard to handle, treat, or deal with; intractable: a stubborn cold
Origin of stubbornMiddle English stoburn, probably from Old English stubb, variant, variety of stybb, stub
- a. Refusing to change one's mind or course of action despite pressure to do so; unyielding or resolute. See Synonyms at obstinate.b. Characterized by a refusal to change one's mind or course of action; dogged or persistent: stubborn prejudice; stubborn earnestness.
- Difficult to treat or deal with; resistant to treatment or effort: stubborn soil; stubborn stains.
Origin of stubbornMiddle English stuborn
(comparative stubborner, superlative stubbornest)
From Middle English stoburn, stoburne, styburne, stiborn; probable origin *stybor, *stibor, apparently from Old English styb (“a stump, stub") + adj. formative -or as in Old English bitor, English bitter.