head·​strong | \ ˈhed-ˌstrȯŋ How to pronounce headstrong (audio) \

Definition of headstrong

1 : not easily restrained : impatient of control, advice, or suggestions a headstrong businessman
2 : directed by ungovernable will violent headstrong actions

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unruly, ungovernable, intractable, refractory, recalcitrant, willful, headstrong mean not submissive to government or control. unruly implies lack of discipline or incapacity for discipline and often connotes waywardness or turbulence of behavior. unruly children ungovernable implies either an escape from control or guidance or a state of being unsubdued and incapable of controlling oneself or being controlled by others. ungovernable rage intractable suggests stubborn resistance to guidance or control. intractable opponents of the hazardous-waste dump refractory stresses resistance to attempts to manage or to mold. special schools for refractory children recalcitrant suggests determined resistance to or defiance of authority. acts of sabotage by a recalcitrant populace willful implies an obstinate determination to have one's own way. a willful disregard for the rights of others headstrong suggests self-will impatient of restraint, advice, or suggestion. a headstrong young cavalry officer

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The child is very headstrong. He is known for his headstrong behavior.
Recent Examples on the Web Upon being cast as the headstrong Kate Sharma, a love interest for Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey), on the No. 1 show on Netflix (well, until Squid Game, that is) earlier this year, Ashley simply got down to business. Breanne L. Heldman, PEOPLE.com, 13 Oct. 2021 The new film tells the story of a headstrong young girl who grew up in an orphanage. Patrick Frater, Variety, 13 Oct. 2021 When Cook arrived in Tahiti in 1773, during his second Pacific voyage, Mai—now a headstrong young man of about 20—presented himself to the captain of the explorer’s consort ship, HMS Adventure, and begged to be taken to England. Hampton Sides, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 Sep. 2021 Cowritten by historical author Marguerite Kaye, the book centers around Lady Margaret, who feels a sense of entrapment existing as a headstrong woman in a Victorian English society. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, 7 Aug. 2021 His Frank is charming, strong and fearless, the perfect foil for Blunt’s bold, headstrong and impulsive Lily. cleveland, 27 July 2021 It is left to the younger generation — Eddie’s headstrong, independent daughters, Maggie and Lizzie, and Willie’s principled son, Cal — to take on the social, environmental and emotional sins of their fathers. San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 July 2021 All of that makes sense as a realistic motivator for C.W., of course, who’s nothing if not bitter and headstrong. Ben Rosenstock, Vulture, 11 June 2021 Autumn de Wilde, who made her feature film directorial debut with this 2020 adaptation of Jane Austen’s 1815 novel starring Anya Taylor-Joy as a headstrong young woman in Regency-era England who can’t stop meddling in the lives of those around her. Los Angeles Times, 8 June 2021

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First Known Use of headstrong

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Headstrong.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headstrong. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of headstrong

: not willing to do what other people want : very stubborn


head·​strong | \ ˈhed-ˌstrȯŋ How to pronounce headstrong (audio) \

Kids Definition of headstrong

: very stubborn

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