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or hard-headed

[hahrd-hed-id] /ˈhɑrdˈhɛd ɪd/
not easily moved or deceived; practical; shrewd.
obstinate; stubborn; willful.
Origin of hardheaded
First recorded in 1575-85
Related forms
hardheadedly, adverb
hardheadedness, noun
1. astute, realistic, pragmatic, cool, down-to-earth. Unabridged
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  • Next time don't be so hard-headed when you are advised by older and wiser persons.

    Macaria Augusta Jane Evans Wilson
  • Of course you would, being a sensible, hard-headed American workingman.

  • In the sheer height of his enthusiasm, the soaring visionary was losing touch with the hard-headed groundling in the chair.

    The Crime Doctor Ernest William Hornung
  • He was good-natured, plucky in a hard-headed British way, and gentlemanly.

    The Slave Of The Lamp Henry Seton Merriman
  • Heigho, Dorothy, let us forsake these hard-headed subjects, and turn to something human.

    A Rock in the Baltic Robert Barr
British Dictionary definitions for hard-headed


tough, realistic, or shrewd; not moved by sentiment
(mainly US & Canadian) stubborn; obstinate
Derived Forms
hard-headedly, adverb
hard-headedness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for hard-headed

also hardheaded, 1580s, "stubborn," from hardhead "dull person" (1510s), from hard + head (n.). Meaning "practical" is attested from 1779.

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



  1. Obstinate; stubborn; pigheaded (1583+)
  2. Realistic; practical; unevasive; hard-nosed (1779+)
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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