View synonyms for hardheaded


or hard-head·ed

[ hahrd-hed-id ]


  1. not easily moved or deceived; practical; shrewd.

    Synonyms: down-to-earth, cool, pragmatic, realistic, astute

  2. obstinate; stubborn; willful.

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Other Words From

  • hardheaded·ly adverb
  • hardheaded·ness noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of hardheaded1

First recorded in 1575–85

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Example Sentences

As I’ve said, he’s a hardheaded guy who’s not susceptible to a lot of creative fluttering.

While welcome, this is actually a hardheaded and highly practical move.

The hardheaded politician devoted to step-by- step progress was transformed in death into the consummate liberal idealist.

But hardheaded operatives like Karl Rove could shift their resources to Senate and House contests.

And so does the cause of decency in the hardheaded world of international affairs.

For the hardheaded, distributing Qurans would have another benefit.

Like all romancers, she is a little terrified at seeing one of her wildest conceits admitted by the hardheaded world.

And she was glad to see that the hardheaded old miller was not much impressed by the man, either.

The son of the hardheaded father came out at a crisis; and not too highhandedly: he could hear an opposite argument to the end.

He was thorough, practical, and after he had cut his mountain teeth in the Peace River disaster, a hardheaded man at his work.

The man of science like the man in the street has to face hardheaded facts that cannot be blinked and explain them as best he can.