A stubborn cold.
An example of stubborn is a dictator who has lost the popularity of his people, but refuses to step down from office.
A stubborn campaign.
An example of stubborn is a toddler who will not get out of a car.
Stubborn soil; stubborn stains.
Origin of stubborn
- Middle English stuborn
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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.