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  1. a shrewd, practical person.
  2. a blockhead.
  3. a freshwater fish, Mylopharodon conocephalus, of California.
  4. the Atlantic croaker.See under croaker(def 2).
  5. hardhead sponge.
  6. hardheads. a common knapweed, Centaurea nigra.
  7. hard head.
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Origin of hardhead1

First recorded in 1510–20; hard + head


  1. an alloyed silver coin of Scotland, issued in the 16th and 17th centuries, equal to one and one-half pence and later to twopence.
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Origin of hardhead2

1555–65; perhaps (by folk etymology) < French hardit, after Philip III, named le Hardi the Bold (1245–85), king of France, who first issued the coin
Also called lion.
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Historical Examples

  • His companions had nicknamed him Hardhead because of his obstinate character.

    Brazilian Tales

    Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis