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[pig-hed-id] /ˈpɪgˌhɛd ɪd/
stupidly obstinate; stubborn:
pigheaded resistance.
Origin of pigheaded
1610-20; pig1 + -headed
Related forms
pigheadedly, adverb
pigheadedness, noun
bullheaded, mulish. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for pig-headed
Historical Examples
  • Now—now I want to say I am sorry for being so—well, so pig-headed about the rest of it.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • He had a will of his own; and he was obstinate, mulish, pig-headed.

    Breaking Away Oliver Optic
  • The trouble with Steve is that he's pig-headed or something.

    Left End Edwards Ralph Henry Barbour
  • There's a fellow called Peacock, now, a most pig-headed, narrowminded chap.

    The Country House John Galsworthy
  • He knew this was either merciless sarcasm or the most pig-headed bigotry.

    A Spoil of Office Hamlin Garland
  • But how pig-headed they were, seeing nothing but their own point of view!

    The Freelands John Galsworthy
  • But there—I've said all I could, and if you will be pig-headed, you must.

    In Brief Authority F. Anstey
  • “You know how pig-headed Hank Lawson always is,” he told his chum.

  • But he was pig-headed and I was not always able to get the better of his obstinacy.

    Nobody's Boy Hector Malot
  • No, but really you know, Dad, you were a pig-headed little creature to do that!

    Sisters Kathleen Norris
British Dictionary definitions for pig-headed


stupidly stubborn
Derived Forms
pig-headedly, adverb
pig-headedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for pig-headed



also pig-headed, see pig (n.) + headed. Usually, but not always, figurative.

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



Stubborn; stupidly obstinate (1620+)

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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