[boo l-hed-id]


obstinately opinionated, especially in refusing to consider alternatives; stubborn.

Origin of bullheaded

First recorded in 1810–20; bull1 + head + -ed3
Related formsbull·head·ed·ly, adverbbull·head·ed·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for bull-headed

Historical Examples of bull-headed

  • England and the Englishman are as red rags to its bull-headed rage.


    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.

  • It was our bull-headed luck to hit the place right when we did.

British Dictionary definitions for bull-headed



blindly obstinate; stubborn, headstrong, or stupid
Derived Formsbull-headedly, adverbbull-headedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for bull-headed

also bullheaded, "obstinate," 1818, from bull (n.1) + head (n.).

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