- determined to have one's own way; willful; stubborn; obstinate: a headstrong young man.
- proceeding from or exhibiting willfulness: a headstrong course.
Origin of headstrong
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1. See willful.
1. tractable, docile.
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Do you wish to know why I meant it, you rash and headstrong old woman?'Little Dorrit
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- self-willed; obstinate
- (of an action) heedless; rash
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Word Origin and History for headstrong
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