headstrong

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adjective head·strong \ ˈhed-ˌstrȯŋ \

Definition of headstrong

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

Examples of headstrong in a Sentence

  1. The child is very headstrong.

  2. He is known for his headstrong behavior.

Recent Examples of headstrong from the Web

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First Known Use of headstrong

14th century

Synonym Discussion of headstrong

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

HEADSTRONG Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of headstrong for English Language Learners

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


HEADSTRONG Defined for Kids

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adjective head·strong \ ˈhed-ˌstrȯŋ \

Definition of headstrong for Students

:very stubborn


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