hard·​head·​ed | \ ˈhärd-ˈhe-dəd How to pronounce hardheaded (audio) \

Definition of hardheaded

2 : concerned with or involving practical considerations : sober, realistic some hardheaded advice a hardheaded observer of winds and tides

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hardheadedly adverb
hardheadedness noun

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He was always hardheaded about getting his way. We need to take a more hardheaded approach to these problems. She gave him some hardheaded advice.
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Recent Examples on the Web Maverick and Charlie are both hardheaded careerists pursuing a workplace romance, and there’s something efficiently transactional about their connection. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, "Who’s Your Wingman Now? Pushing the Envelope With ‘Top Gun’," 24 Mar. 2020 Parker himself has already succeeded at convincing hardheaded institutions to work together. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "Health," 1 Feb. 2020 Like the kind of thing Jesus would ask the disciples and hardheaded Peter would always get wrong. Fly and Brent were smoking up every Sunday before church now, like a regular sacrament. Tiphanie Yanique, The New Yorker, "God’s Caravan," 28 Oct. 2019 Here's a thought experiment: Imagine for a moment that a hardheaded social scientist from, say, 1974 is plucked out of time and dropped here, in the midst of the internet age. Zeynep Tufekci, WIRED, "Altruism Still Fuels the Web. Businesses Love to Exploit It," 20 Aug. 2019 That may sound utopian, but Rosenfeld suggests a hardheaded justification. Caleb Crain, The New Yorker, "State of the Unions," 19 Aug. 2019 In ‘‘Brown Girl, Brownstones,’’ her autobiographical debut, a young Brooklyn woman seeks her own identity amid the conflicting values of her Barbadian parents — her hardheaded mother and tragically hopeful father. Hillel Italie, BostonGlobe.com, "Paule Marshall, novelist of diverse influences, at 90," 16 Aug. 2019 If Herzog is a mystic and a shaman, though, Argentina’s Lucrecia Martel is a more hardheaded sort of cinematic poet. Ty Burr, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Zama’ is Lucrecia Martel’s latest one-of-a-kind offering," 4 July 2018 Russia takes a hardheaded approach to peacekeeping. Richard Gowan, Washington Post, "Could U.N. peacekeepers help end the war in Ukraine?," 1 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of hardheaded

circa 1532, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of hardheaded was circa 1532

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“Hardheaded.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hardheaded. Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of hardheaded

: not willing to change ideas or opinions : very stubborn
: having or involving careful and practical thoughts and ideas that are not influenced by emotions : practical and realistic


hard·​head·​ed | \ ˈhärd-ˈhe-dəd How to pronounce hardheaded (audio) \

Kids Definition of hardheaded

2 : using or showing good judgment a hardheaded businessman

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