[strawng-wild, strong-]


having a powerful will; resolute.
stubborn; obstinate.

Origin of strong-willed

First recorded in 1895–1900 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for strong-willed

Contemporary Examples of strong-willed

Historical Examples of strong-willed

  • He was wrong to think of her as strong-willed; her will power was very weak.


    Emile Zola

  • And yet, with such a strong-willed person, he could not be certain.

    Major Vigoureux

    A. T. Quiller-Couch

  • Grey was irritable, strong-willed, and inclined to self-righteousness.

    The Tribune of Nova Scotia

    W. L. (William Lawson) Grant

  • She knew that among the strong-willed women Marjory was not to be reckoned.

    Earl Hubert's Daughter

    Emily Sarah Holt

  • "I am the only passive member of a strong-willed family," she told him.

    From the Car Behind

    Eleanor M. Ingram

British Dictionary definitions for strong-willed



having strength of will
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