[ hed-strawng, -strong ]
/ ˈhɛdˌstrɔŋ, -ˌstrɒŋ /


determined to have one's own way; willful; stubborn; obstinate: a headstrong young man.
proceeding from or exhibiting willfulness: a headstrong course.

Origin of headstrong

First recorded in 1350–1400, headstrong is from the Middle English word heedstronge. See head, strong
Related formshead·strong·ly, adverbhead·strong·ness, noun
Can be confusedheadlong headstrong
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British Dictionary definitions for headstrong


/ (ˈhɛdˌstrɒŋ) /


self-willed; obstinate
(of an action) heedless; rash
Derived Formsheadstrongly, adverbheadstrongness, noun
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Word Origin and History for headstrong



"determined to have one's way," late 14c., from head (n.) + strong. Cf. Old English heafodbald "impudent," literally "head-bold."

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