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

Origin of bullheaded

First recorded in 1810–20; bull1 + head + -ed3

Other words from bullheaded

  • bull·head·ed·ly, adverb
  • bull·head·ed·ness, noun

Words Nearby bullheaded

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How to use bullheaded in a sentence

  • Heather O’Hara’s coyotes sit at a typewriter or carry a balloon, wearing everyday human clothing, while Brent Bonds’s bullheaded “Minitaurs” sport only men’s briefs.

  • If a telepath were so bullheaded as to get in our way, we'd dispose of him.

    The Penal Cluster | Ivar Jorgensen (AKA Randall Garrett)
  • I'm trying to pound that into these bullheaded ranchers round here.

    Still Jim | Honor Willsie Morrow
  • It was therefore but tit-for-tat when Minos sent Athenian tributary boys and girls to fight his bull, the bullheaded Minotaur.

    The World of Homer | Andrew Lang
  • And it's the same bullheaded stubbornness that'll keep you from finishing that recorder.

    The Revolt on Venus | Carey Rockwell

British Dictionary definitions for bull-headed


  1. blindly obstinate; stubborn, headstrong, or stupid

Derived forms of bull-headed

  • bull-headedly, adverb
  • bull-headedness, noun

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