Definition of headstrong in English:

headstrong

adjective

  • Energetically wilful and determined.

    ‘the headstrong impulsiveness of youth’
    • ‘Every sign of meekness was eliminated as the frail child became the robust, headstrong youth.’
    • ‘Obviously you were a headstrong, determined, and… really spunky woman.’
    • ‘‘She is headstrong, insubordinate, and outright disrespectful to her superiors,’ he voiced to the congregation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This reflected her domineering and headstrong character, in contrast to Bill's more cautious and conservative nature.’
    • ‘With the headstrong stubbornness of youth, I was sure I understood.’
    • ‘John is headstrong and his determination might have rubbed off on me.’
    • ‘David is the headstrong one who likes his freedom and couldn't wait to get away from the family-controlled slopes.’
    • ‘Thank heavens we had a particularly headstrong set of governors, and an even more determined female head of school.’
    • ‘Indeed even my apprentice is given a great deal of leeway in these matters, though I find she is often foolish, and headstrong, and ungrateful…’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was a headstrong man who met every uphill struggle with determination.’
    • ‘I know that he's extremely caring, loving, but he's also pretty headstrong, and he has an opinion about everything.’
    • ‘The memoir displayed depression in a flighty, headstrong, energetic, sexually promiscuous young woman.’
    • ‘I think it was a bit of a surprise that I was still very headstrong even after signing.’
    • ‘The plan is faultless even if my younger brother is too headstrong for his own good.’
    • ‘What does a country built on headstrong individualism and the myth of self-reliance do with its people convinced that they know best?’
    • ‘She was a determined and headstrong girl; she wouldn't accept my lack of an explanation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She is headstrong and stubborn and the character is quite strong.’
    • ‘He had been used to regarding his comrade as a blatant child with an audacity grown from his inexperience, thoughtless, headstrong, jealous, and filled with tinsel courage.’
    • ‘You don't speak in riddles, you don't play with fate and destiny, you're quiet and out of the way where most Gods are loud and in your face, and you're submissive where Gods are headstrong.’
    • ‘Maybe I'm too much of a headstrong person, but no one has ever offered.’
    • ‘Leigh's evident technique is perfect for this headstrong young woman who is trapped improvising an ill-fitting role as the scenery goes up in flames around her.’
    • ‘Modern, headstrong Marion surprised everyone by becoming a stay-at-home mom.’
    • ‘Sometimes I can be a little too headstrong, and I might ruin everything.’
    • ‘Iona is a very plucky, determined, headstrong lady and is the unsung heroine in the whole of this saga.’
    • ‘To watch Headey in the role of the headstrong Kaisa is to feel a war within oneself between wanting and fearing, between desiring and dreading the crystalline object of one's desire.’
    • ‘But that exotic exterior can't hide your headstrong ways, and why would you want that under wraps anyway?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You're just jealous that I've got a lot of hot girls ready to do whatever I want and you've only got one and she's headstrong.’
    • ‘The newly married couple was very happy, although many people warned the kindly man about the willful and headstrong nature of his new step-daughter.’
    • ‘The headstrong Professor learns the hard way that ‘such creatures are easier summoned than eluded’.’
    • ‘What we get is that while she is better off with a law-abiding and sober husband, he's still headstrong in a way that makes her life barely manageable.’
    • ‘My dad is a bit headstrong and sometimes acts without thinking.’
    • ‘But Celia is headstrong and determines to rise to the challenge.’
    • ‘There is a flakiness about Ginger; she is captivating, sexy and vulnerable, but also headstrong and determined not to lose.’
    • ‘These letters provide a baseline to compare the sisters' diverging lives - the trials of headstrong Hasina versus the woes of fatalistic Nazneen.’
    • ‘Pearl, like her dad, can be downright stubborn and headstrong.’
    • ‘But I do think it's very high risk, because you don't necessarily listen to all the talent in your newsroom when you're this headstrong.’
    wilful, self-willed, strong-willed, contrary, perverse, wayward, unruly, refractory, ungovernable, unyielding, stubborn, obstinate, obdurate
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Pronunciation

headstrong

/ˈhɛdstrɒŋ/