1. stubborn

adjective. ['ˈstʌbɝn'] tenaciously unwilling or marked by tenacious unwillingness to yield.


  • strong-minded
  • determined
  • obstinate
  • tenacious
  • bloody-minded
  • stroppy
  • bullet-headed
  • mulish
  • cantankerous
  • strong-willed
  • uncompromising
  • sturdy
  • inflexible
  • unyielding
  • persistent
  • intractable
  • dour
  • unregenerate
  • dogged
  • bullheaded
  • disobedient
  • contrarious
  • bolshy
  • stiff-necked
  • pigheaded
  • pertinacious
  • cross-grained


  • docile
  • compromising
  • obedient
  • unrealistic


  • stoburn (Middle English (1100-1500))

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Example sentences of the word stubborn

1. Adjective
One of the most stubborn stains that develops on a coffee pot is hard water.

2. Verb, past participle
Use a stain-removal laundry product if the stain is stubborn and will not come out when cleaning manually.

3. Noun, singular or mass
Remove stubborn antifreeze stains with automatic dishwasher detergent.

Quotes containing the word stubborn

1. I know that some endeavor to throw the mantle of romance over the subject and treat woman like some ideal existence, not liable to the ills of life. Let those deal in fancy who have nothing better to deal in; we have to do with sober, sad realities, with stubborn facts.
- Ernestine Rose

2. Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don't give up.
- Anne Lamott

3. There is nothing on earth more beautiful to me than your sound sweeter than your pleasure greater than holding you in my arms. I realized today that I could never live without you, stubborn little hellion that you are. In this life and the next, you’re my only hope of happiness. Tell me, Lillian, dearest can you have reached so far inside my heart?
- Lisa Kleypas, It Happened One Autumn

2. stubborn

adjective. ['ˈstʌbɝn'] not responding to treatment.


  • refractory


  • dependent
  • unambitious


  • stoburn (Middle English (1100-1500))