from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Stubborn and intractable; recalcitrant. See Synonyms at obstinate.
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- adj. Characteristic of a mule; stubborn, obstinate, or intractable
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Like a mule; sullen; stubborn.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Like a mule; having the characteristics of a mule; sullen; stubborn; also, of a hybrid character.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. unreasonably rigid in the face of argument or entreaty or attack
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Lady Elizabeth stood her ground, her expression mulish as she met his gaze.
A kind of mulish huffiness in his expression made him look ridiculous and unlikeable.
Wilkins was "mulish" at times, and he had a reserve.
She was a round-bowed contrivance, with a spring aft which gave a kind of mulish, kick-up look to the run of her.
The great length of their ears gives to their heads something of a "mulish" look -- hence they are often known among the trappers by the name of "mule deer."
I know I can trust you with the sloop, even if she is kind of mulish at times. "
In one of the last glimpses we have of Nellie in the diary, she is standing “by the drawing-room door in the full light, white & pink, with her funny rather foolish mulish face.”
Having the placeholders sitting there made me much more relaxed about this mulish beast of a post.
Once again, Jane found herself confronted by a mulish Japanese commander who refused to release his prisoner without the consent of the British authorities.
Had I lacked imagination, had I been stupid, had I been stubbornly mulish in having my own way, I should never have got in this pickle.