hard·​head ˈhärd-ˌhed How to pronounce hardhead (audio)
: a hardheaded person
plural hardheads also hardhead : any of several fishes especially with a spiny or bony head
especially : atlantic croaker

Examples of hardhead in a Sentence

a hardhead who has to learn every life lesson the hard way
Recent Examples on the Web Her husband, something of a hardhead, would certainly listen to this guy. New York Times, 28 July 2021 Beijing’s hardheads know the coronavirus has compounded the damage to China’s economy from earlier domestic policy settings hostile to the private sector, and from the trade war with America. The Economist, 15 Apr. 2020 And there might have been a hardhead or two landed as well. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, 14 Apr. 2018 Cops are empiricist hardheads prone to mystical hunch. James Ellroy, Vanities, 7 Oct. 2017 Mark your calendars, HARDheads, and check the teaser trailer below. Kat Bein, Billboard, 9 June 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of hardhead was in the 15th century

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“Hardhead.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hardhead. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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