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[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
1350-1400; Middle English heedstronge. See head, strong
Related forms
headstrongly, adverb
headstrongness, noun
Can be confused
headlong, headstrong.
1. See willful.
1. tractable, docile. Unabridged
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  • But though fortune may favour the brave, it can trip up the headstrong.
  • headstrong, he declined to follow in his father's footsteps.
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British Dictionary definitions for headstrong


self-willed; obstinate
(of an action) heedless; rash
Derived Forms
headstrongly, adverb
headstrongness, 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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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