headstrong

adjective
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

Examples of headstrong in a Sentence

The child is very headstrong. He is known for his headstrong behavior.

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Whether Bailey embodies the spirit of the headstrong teenage mermaid, however, appeared to not matter to critics, who instead fixated on the animated character's physical look. oregonlive.com, "Disney network slaps back at notion Ariel has to be a white, blue-eyed redhead," 9 July 2019 Houston’s contract talks with Coach Mike D’Antoni have broken down yet again, while Rockets management strains to debunk near-daily reports that the team’s two headstrong stars, James Harden and Chris Paul, can no longer coexist. Marc Stein, New York Times, "The N.B.A.’s Hot Stove Has Burned Down the League," 21 June 2019 The work follows a privileged woman’s adventures, headstrong mistakes, and growing self-knowledge. Lizzie O'leary, The Atlantic, "Elizabeth Gilbert Is Owning Her Past Mistakes," 15 June 2019 Like his headstrong shrubs, Dunkley’s thrusting tree remnants have more presence than the occasional person in his pictures. Sanford Schwartz, The New York Review of Books, "Close Up and Far Away," 21 Mar. 2019 Three dueling, headstrong royals are at the center of the dispute. Written By Declan Walsh; Photographs By Tomas Munita, New York Times, "Tiny, Wealthy Qatar Goes Its Own Way, and Pays for It," 22 Jan. 2018 Cut to little more than three months later: CBS and National Amusements were tussling as lawyers working under the direction of their headstrong leaders filed motions against each other. New York Times, "CBS Tries to Sell Its TV Dramas as Its Own Battle Heats Up in Court," 16 May 2018 Parvana, the younger of the family’s two daughters, displays an air of independence, with her headstrong manner and prodigious imagination. Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, "Film / Foreign / Women's Issues The Breadwinner is a moving, visually impressive lesson in modern Afghan history," 26 Jan. 2018 Season 8 of Suits saw the arrival of Katherine Heigl as a headstrong lawyer looking to shake things up, a move that has been well-received by critics and fans alike. Dan Barna, Glamour, "Someone Asked Meghan Markle If She's Still Watching Suits," 25 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of headstrong

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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headstrong

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of headstrong

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

headstrong

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

Kids Definition of headstrong

: very stubborn

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