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bullheaded

[boo l-hed-id] /ˈbʊlˈhɛd ɪd/
adjective
1.
obstinately opinionated, especially in refusing to consider alternatives; stubborn.
Origin of bullheaded
1810-1820
First recorded in 1810-20; bull1 + head + -ed3
Related forms
bullheadedly, adverb
bullheadedness, noun
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Examples from the Web for bull-headed
Historical Examples
  • England and the Englishman are as red rags to its bull-headed rage.

    Recollections David Christie Murray
  • 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.

  • Ken declared to himself that he could be as bull-headed as any of them.

    The Young Pitcher Zane Grey
  • It was our bull-headed luck to hit the place right when we did.

    The Triumph of John Kars

    Ridgwell Cullum
  • "No—he's just bull-headed enough to tough it out," commented Bill.

    The Gringos B. M. Bower
  • But Doctor Sturk was different—a bull-headed, conceited fool.

    The House by the Church-Yard

    J. Sheridan Le Fanu
  • As for this bull-headed fellow, he deserves his fate for his old insolence.

    Guy Rivers: A Tale of Georgia William Gilmore Simms
  • 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
  • The minute we started to rag her for being so bull-headed about her room, this crowd of sillies started in rooting for her.

British Dictionary definitions for bull-headed

bull-headed

adjective
1.
blindly obstinate; stubborn, headstrong, or stupid
Derived Forms
bull-headedly, adverb
bull-headedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for bull-headed
adj.

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

bullheaded

adjective

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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