stupidly obstinate; stubborn: pigheaded resistance.

Origin of pigheaded

1610–20; pig1 + -headed
Related formspig·head·ed·ly, adverbpig·head·ed·ness, noun

Synonyms for pigheaded

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Examples from the Web for pig-headed

Historical Examples of pig-headed

  • Now—now I want to say I am sorry for being so—well, so pig-headed about the rest of it.

    The Portygee

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • He had a will of his own; and he was obstinate, mulish, pig-headed.

    Breaking Away

    Oliver Optic

  • The trouble with Steve is that he's pig-headed or something.

    Left End Edwards

    Ralph Henry Barbour

  • There's a fellow called Peacock, now, a most pig-headed, narrowminded chap.

    The Country House

    John Galsworthy

  • He knew this was either merciless sarcasm or the most pig-headed bigotry.

    A Spoil of Office

    Hamlin Garland

British Dictionary definitions for pig-headed



stupidly stubborn
Derived Formspig-headedly, adverbpig-headedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for pig-headed



also pig-headed, see pig (n.) + headed. Usually, but not always, figurative.

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