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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Other Words from hardheaded

hardheadedly adverb
hardheadedness noun

Examples of hardheaded in a Sentence

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 But their assessment of the successes and failures of the last Democratic president has been more wishful than hardheaded, and the lessons the party has learned are correspondingly mistaken. Ramesh Ponnuru, National Review, "Obama, Revised," 29 Apr. 2021 The principled pursuit of free trade above all else does not account for this more hardheaded reality, which is one of the reasons why views seem to be changing. Ganesh Sitaraman, The New Republic, "The Coming Revolution in the American Economy," 29 Apr. 2021 Yet the terms of the transaction—notably some valuation numbers backed by hardheaded negotiations—may also have helped sober CCIV investors up. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, "Nothing Lucid About a $57 Billion Valuation for an Electric-Vehicle Startup," 24 Feb. 2021 Those interactions were illustrative of Lam—endlessly hardworking, but arrogant and hardheaded. Timothy Mclaughlin, The Atlantic, "A Stubborn Leader, a Broken System," 18 June 2020 She was hardheaded and strong willed, and on her way to be a great woman. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "As teen’s killer is sentenced to life, grieving mother looks to make a difference," 11 June 2020 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

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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 15 May. 2021.

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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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