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[pig-hed-id] /ˈpɪgˌhɛd ɪd/
stupidly obstinate; stubborn:
pigheaded resistance.
Origin of pigheaded
1610-20; pig1 + -headed
Related forms
pigheadedly, adverb
pigheadedness, noun
bullheaded, mulish. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • There was nobody that he respected more than that pigheaded Peter.

    Old Man Savarin and Other Stories Edward William Thomson
  • He could be pigheaded at times, but his sense of justice was as keen as a whip.

    The Man the Martians Made Frank Belknap Long
  • All Jim Manning really cares about is his own pigheaded sense of race and nationality.

    Still Jim Honor Willsie Morrow
  • Oh, pigheaded is a better word, at times, if you insist on the truth!

  • She had thought him to be a pigheaded Clavering, like the rest of them.

    The Claverings Anthony Trollope
  • But I was pigheaded and determined "to have one more flip in the old 'bus."

    Caught by the Turks Francis Yeats-Brown
  • Nothing will ever persuade me that you are as pigheaded as that.

    Captain Brassbound's Conversion George Bernard Shaw
  • Everybody was on his side except Ayala herself, and that pigheaded Colonel.

    Ayala's Angel Anthony Trollope
  • A more obstinate, pigheaded boy than my son George never lived.

    Women of the Teutonic Nations Hermann Schoenfeld
  • But for his pigheaded tribalism, Rachel would have been alive to-day.

    Ghetto Tragedies Israel Zangwill
Word Origin and History for pigheaded

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for pigheaded



Stubborn; stupidly obstinate (1620+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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