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or wrong-headed

[rawng-hed-id, rong-] /ˈrɔŋˈhɛd ɪd, ˈrɒŋ-/
wrong in judgment or opinion; misguided and stubborn; perverse.
Origin of wrongheaded
First recorded in 1725-35; wrong + headed
Related forms
wrongheadedly, adverb
wrongheadedness, noun Unabridged
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  • It seemed to him to be wrong-headed and absurd, and he began to lose patience with her.

    Jan and Her Job L. Allen Harker
  • He was meddlesome, wrong-headed, unreasonable, and bold with it all.

    Stories Of Georgia Joel Chandler Harris
  • When I determine, I allow of no obstacles, not even of wrong-headed girls.

    Rhoda Fleming, Complete George Meredith
  • He was unquestionably a man of genius, but wrong-headed from very childhood.

    Genius in Sunshine and Shadow Maturin Murray Ballou
  • "That is unquestionably the most wrong-headed girl I know," said Mr. Read, to his daughter.

    Alone Marion Harland
  • If a man is wrong-headed and wrong-purposed, it isn't easy for him to be fine, is it?

    Carnac's Folly, Complete Gilbert Parker
  • He was in a manner a friend of mine, but he was always obstinate and wrong-headed.

    The Old Curiosity Shop Charles Dickens
British Dictionary definitions for wrong-headed


constantly wrong in judgment
foolishly stubborn; obstinate
Derived Forms
wrong-headedly, adverb
wrong-headedness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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