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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
mulish obstinacy
▪ Between the listing buoys and sandbanks two mulish tugs were pulling a tanker loaded with glass from Pilkington's.
▪ George could sometimes be almost mulish!
▪ Implacable, with arms folded, and a mulish pout.
▪ When he got that mulish look there was no talking to him.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Mulish \Mul"ish\ (m[=u]l"[i^]sh), a. Like a mule; sullen; stubborn. -- Mul"ish*ly, adv. -- Mul"ish*ness, n.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1751, from mule (n.1) + -ish. Related: Mulishly; mulishness.


a. Characteristic of a mule; stubborn, obstinate, or intractable


adj. unreasonably rigid in the face of argument or entreaty or attack [syn: hardheaded]


Mulish (, also Romanized as Mūlīsh and Mūyesh) is a village in Mahru Rural District, Zaz va Mahru District, Aligudarz County, Lorestan Province, Iran. At the 2006 census, its population was 61, in 13 families.

Usage examples of "mulish".

Miss Gubbins, with a mulish look in her eye, was preparing to expostulate, Miss de Vine caught sight of the English tutor and excused herself.

Alain looked up to see the sergeant draw the girl closer against him, but Withi had a mulish look on her face now, and she shoved him away.

Alverstoke ball than she declared, looking as mulish as such a lovely, gentle creature could, that she disliked every one of the expensive dresses offered by the fashionable modiste to whose discreetly elegant premises in Bruton Street Alverstoke had directed Frederica.

For one thing, men tended to be mulish idiots when it came to things like honor and duels, and she rather doubted that either Anthony or Simon would appreciate her interference.

To Gorgidas, who was directly in back of the tribune Marcus seemed like Aias battling Hektor in the Iliadoutmatched, baffled, but too mulish to yield an inch except by dying.

The general tone was angry for a change, which beat tired or mulish from Mike's point of view.

Washington Faulconer was already feeling cheated because his stay in Gordonsville had been cut short, but now all the bitterness over his traitor son and his resentments over Starbuck and the mulish manner in which the Brigade reacted to his simplest orders fed the bitter torrent.

A kind of mulish huffiness in his expression made him look ridiculous and unlikeable.