Word of the Week (WOW) – Tenacious


Word of the Week (WOW) is a weekly challenge created by Heena Rathore P. It’s a fun way to improve vocabulary by learning new words every week.

To participate, simply do a post with your word and leave the link as a comment on Heena’s WOW post for this week (above link). It’s a nice post to do and will give you some practise with a dictionary, of which there are several online. Illustrations are by no means necessary, but it’s up to you.

I’m up to the letter T this week so I’ll be looking for a good word beginning with U

So, here is my WOW for this week:





te•na•cious [tuhney-shuh s]

Audio Link: tenacious  (Not much difference between the UK and US pronunciation with this word)

Part of Speech: 


Related Forms:

Adverb: te·na·cious·ly

Noun: te·na·cious·ness

Noun: tenacity

Noun: tenacity: the quality of being tenacious


1. Holding fast, or keeping a firm hold, often followed by of, e.g. a tenacious grip on my arm

2. Highly retentive, e.g. a tenacious memory.

3. Persistent, stubborn, or obstinate.

4.  Adhesive or sticky; viscous or glutinous.

5. Holding together; cohesive; not easily pulled apart; tough.


1. Stubborn, dogged, determined, persistent, sure, firm, adamant, staunch, resolute, inflexible, strong-willed, steadfast, unyielding, obstinate, intransigent, immovable, unswerving, obdurate, stiff-necked, pertinacious, tight, forceful, unshakable

2. Synonyms for adhesive meaning (4): clinging, sticky, glutinous, gluey, mucilaginous (e.g. tenacious catarrh in the nasal passage and lungs).


Wavering, changeable, vacillating, yielding, flexible, irresolute

Word Origin

Early 17th century: from Latin tenaxtenac- (from tenere ‘to hold’) + ious

Use in a Sentence:

1. It was sad that a man with such a tenacious memory as Albert should succumb to acute dementia so early in life:

A man diagnosed as suffering fromacute dimentia. Credit: Welcome Trust. Creative Commons
A man diagnosed as suffering from acute dementia. Credit: Welcome Trust. Creative Commons

2. (Adverb use) King Alfred’s men fought tenaciously against the Danes to save their kingdom:


3. (Noun use) David Beckham’s tenaciousness and commitment to soccer makes him one of the truly great players:

1999 FA Cup Final Bechham corner. Author: Michael Cairns. Creative Commons

4. A ladybird goes after its garden prey in a tenacious manner:


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5 thoughts on “Word of the Week (WOW) – Tenacious

  1. Great word… The equivalents in Spanish are Tenaz (adjective) and Tenacidad (noun)…
    I think being tenacious could be a virtue at times… But it depends, as always, on the specifical context … I am wishing you a great day ahead, dear Millie … Aquileana ⭐

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