or hard-head·ed

[ hahrd-hed-id ]
/ ˈhɑrdˈhɛd ɪd /


not easily moved or deceived; practical; shrewd.
obstinate; stubborn; willful.

Origin of hardheaded

First recorded in 1575–85
Related formshard·head·ed·ly, adverbhard·head·ed·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for hard-headed



tough, realistic, or shrewd; not moved by sentiment
mainly US and Canadian stubborn; obstinate
Derived Formshard-headedly, adverbhard-headedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for hard-headed



also hardheaded, 1580s, "stubborn," from hardhead "dull person" (1510s), from hard + head (n.). Meaning "practical" is attested from 1779.

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