bull·​head·​ed ˈbu̇l-ˈhe-dəd How to pronounce bullheaded (audio)
 also  ˈbəl-
: stupidly stubborn : headstrong
bullheadedly adverb
bullheadedness noun

Examples of bullheaded in a Sentence

a bullheaded boss who won't take advice from anyone a bullheaded government official who refused to bend the rules even just a little bit
Recent Examples on the Web Even the most bullheaded authorities will occasionally acknowledge this. Mark Leibovich, Star Tribune, 5 Oct. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1818, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bullheaded was in 1818

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“Bullheaded.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bullheaded. Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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bull·​head·​ed ˈbu̇l-ˈhed-əd How to pronounce bullheaded (audio)
bullheadedness noun

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