What does the word refractory mean?

    Part of speech: noun

  • Refractoriness.

  • Part of speech: adverb

  • Refractorily.

  • Part of speech: adjective

  • Disobedient; unmanageable; obstinate, as a horse.

Usage examples for refractory

  1. A stray sheep, no matter how refractory, feels a touch of longing when it hears the shepherd's voice. – Alice of Old Vincennes by Maurice Thompson
  2. The soldiers were already very uncomfortable and very refractory. – The Rise of the Dutch Republic, Volume II.(of III) 1566-74 by John Lothrop Motley Last Updated: January 25, 2009