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[hed-strawng, -strong] /ˈhɛdˌstrɔŋ, -ˌstrɒŋ/
adjective
1.
determined to have one's own way; willful; stubborn; obstinate:
a headstrong young man.
2.
proceeding from or exhibiting willfulness:
a headstrong course.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English heedstronge. See head, strong
Related forms
headstrongly, adverb
headstrongness, noun
Can be confused
headlong, headstrong.
Synonyms
1. See willful.
Antonyms
1. tractable, docile.
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British Dictionary definitions for head-strong

headstrong

/ˈhɛdˌstrɒŋ/
adjective
1.
self-willed; obstinate
2.
(of an action) heedless; rash
Derived Forms
headstrongly, adverb
headstrongness, noun
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Word Origin and History for head-strong

headstrong

adj.

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

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