Definition of headstrong in English:



  • Energetically wilful and determined.

    ‘the headstrong impulsiveness of youth’
    • ‘The young Tom was also a fairly headstrong youth and by the age of 15 had left home, adopting his mother's surname and living off his wits, to send himself back to high school.’
    • ‘She is headstrong and stubborn and the character is quite strong.’
    • ‘This reflected her domineering and headstrong character, in contrast to Bill's more cautious and conservative nature.’
    • ‘My dad is a bit headstrong and sometimes acts without thinking.’
    • ‘And besides, though he was as practical and realistic as his father, he was also as principled and as headstrong and as stubborn as his mother, so he would follow in his father's footsteps.’
    • ‘John is headstrong and his determination might have rubbed off on me.’
    • ‘Pearl, like her dad, can be downright stubborn and headstrong.’
    • ‘She was a determined and headstrong girl; she wouldn't accept my lack of an explanation.’
    • ‘Iona is a very plucky, determined, headstrong lady and is the unsung heroine in the whole of this saga.’
    • ‘Nobody can predict how a soldier will behave under fire. A wild and headstrong person can be a pain in the neck in peacetime, but a stalwart leader in war.’
    • ‘With the headstrong stubbornness of youth, I was sure I understood.’
    • ‘There is a flakiness about Ginger; she is captivating, sexy and vulnerable, but also headstrong and determined not to lose.’
    • ‘Maybe I'm too much of a headstrong person, but no one has ever offered.’
    • ‘Thank heavens we had a particularly headstrong set of governors, and an even more determined female head of school.’
    • ‘Obviously you were a headstrong, determined, and… really spunky woman.’
    • ‘The memoir displayed depression in a flighty, headstrong, energetic, sexually promiscuous young woman.’
    • ‘But Celia is headstrong and determines to rise to the challenge.’
    • ‘He was a headstrong man who met every uphill struggle with determination.’
    • ‘Every sign of meekness was eliminated as the frail child became the robust, headstrong youth.’
    • ‘But in the prudish 1840s, women were expected to know their place - and it did not involve depicting headstrong, passionate women who became enamoured with married men.’
    wilful, self-willed, strong-willed, contrary, perverse, wayward, unruly, refractory, ungovernable, unyielding, stubborn, obstinate, obdurate
    reckless, heedless, rash, capricious, impulsive, wild
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