pig·​head·​ed ˈpig-ˌhe-dəd How to pronounce pigheaded (audio)
: willfully or perversely unyielding : obstinate
pigheadedly adverb
pigheadedness noun

Example Sentences

He was too pigheaded to listen to my suggestion. the kind of pigheaded person who seems to believe that facts only confuse an issue
Recent Examples on the Web Countless efforts to defuse the crisis showed initial promise and then collapsed—Emperor Honorius, based in Ravenna, proved pigheaded and duplicitous. Cullen Murphy, The Atlantic, 9 June 2020 Just five years after the Spurs prompted widespread headlines (and much pigheaded skepticism) by hiring ex-WNBA star Becky Hammon as the first female assistant coach in NBA history, coverage of Toronto's move was relatively muted. Dan Greene, SI.com, 24 Sep. 2019

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'pigheaded.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1637, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pigheaded was in 1637

Dictionary Entries Near pigheaded

Cite this Entry

“Pigheaded.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pigheaded. Accessed 6 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


pig·​head·​ed ˈpig-ˈhed-əd How to pronounce pigheaded (audio)

More from Merriam-Webster on pigheaded

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!