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[boo l-hed-id] /ˈbʊlˈhɛd ɪd/
obstinately opinionated, especially in refusing to consider alternatives; stubborn.
Origin of bullheaded
First recorded in 1810-20; bull1 + head + -ed3
Related forms
bullheadedly, adverb
bullheadedness, noun Unabridged
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  • "If that bull-headed butcher would have joined me, I would have liberated him as I am about to liberate you," pursued Herne.

    Windsor Castle William Harrison Ainsworth
  • England and the Englishman are as red rags to its bull-headed rage.

    Recollections David Christie Murray
  • Who would have expected to find this heavy-bodied, long-billed, gross-looking, bull-headed bird singing at heaven's gate?

    Birds in the Bush Bradford Torrey
  • Then she went into the next room and returned with the bull-headed utensil.

    Max Carrados Ernest Bramah
  • Got all I kin do to furnish brains for them bull-headed engineers.

  • It was our bull-headed luck to hit the place right when we did.

    The Triumph of John Kars Ridgwell Cullum
  • Mabruki the "bull-headed," owned a shamba (or a house with a garden attached to it), of which he was very proud.

    How I Found Livingstone Henry M. Stanley
  • But Doctor Sturk was different—a bull-headed, conceited fool.

    The House by the Church-Yard J. Sheridan Le Fanu
  • Such a generous, bull-headed fellow he was then, taking his own way, and being led at last.

  • And it became clear to her that in his bull-headed way he had forged all the links of one of his intense antagonisms.

    Sally of Missouri R. E. Young
British Dictionary definitions for bull-headed


blindly obstinate; stubborn, headstrong, or stupid
Derived Forms
bull-headedly, adverb
bull-headedness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for bull-headed

also bullheaded, "obstinate," 1818, from bull (n.1) + head (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for bull-headed



Obstinate (1818+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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