pig·​head·​ed | \ ˈpig-ˌhe-dəd How to pronounce pigheaded (audio) \

Definition of pigheaded

: willfully or perversely unyielding : obstinate

Other Words from pigheaded

pigheadedly adverb
pigheadedness noun

Examples of pigheaded in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of pigheaded

1637, in the meaning defined above

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“Pigheaded.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pigheaded. Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of pigheaded

: refusing to do what other people want or to change your opinion or the way you do something : very stubborn


pig·​head·​ed | \ ˈpig-ˈhe-dəd How to pronounce pigheaded (audio) \

Kids Definition of pigheaded

: very stubborn She was too pigheaded to listen.

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