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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web What does matter is to stop being so hardheaded and close-minded. San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 July 2022 Haidt believes that conditions are too dire to take the hardheaded, no-reasonable-doubt view. The New Yorker, 3 June 2022 Whether overconfidence or hardheaded realism are responsible for the tepid countercyclical response, the likely result is the same: an extended period of subpar Chinese growth, beginning with a steep downturn this quarter. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, 17 May 2022 Tom, his glib wanna-be anchorman (a temptation to Holly Hunter's hardheaded producer), is both a perfect piece of casting, and a key into something essential about his art. Joshua Rothkopf, EW.com, 14 Mar. 2022 Any hardheaded, pragmatic look at what must be done to protect the country and its inhabitants would put climate policy at the top of the agenda. Ryan Cooper, The Week, 11 June 2021 Yet amid the financial insecurity, this generation is responding with a blend of hardheaded pragmatism and nontraditional efforts to make economic opportunity more inclusive. Erika Page, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 July 2021 Both hardheaded and desperate, Mencía goes against the grain, sitting alongside her classmates in their protest of Don Benjamín and catching the eye of heroine Rebe, short for Rebeca (Claudia Salas). Ruth Etiesit Samuel, Los Angeles Times, 18 June 2021 My theory is that even the most hardheaded moneymen in racing began to worry. William Finnegan, The New Yorker, 15 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of hardheaded

circa 1532, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Hardheaded.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hardheaded. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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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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