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  1. not easily moved or deceived; practical; shrewd.
  2. obstinate; stubborn; willful.
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Origin of hardheaded

First recorded in 1575–85
Related formshard·head·ed·ly, adverbhard·head·ed·ness, noun


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1. astute, realistic, pragmatic, cool, down-to-earth.
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  • He was good-natured, plucky in a hard-headed British way, and gentlemanly.

    The Slave Of The Lamp

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • Of course you would, being a sensible, hard-headed American workingman.

  • He was a sailor, and as hard-headed and practical a man as it has ever been my lot to meet.

    Seen and Unseen

    E. Katharine Bates

  • Haven't you any hard-headed topers who are famous in the neighborhood?

    The Belovd Vagabond

    William J. Locke

  • You yourself have called me too hard-headed, too material for an artist.

    The Master Mummer

    E. Phillips Oppenheim

British Dictionary definitions for hard-headed


  1. tough, realistic, or shrewd; not moved by sentiment
  2. mainly US and Canadian stubborn; obstinate
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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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