Definition of self-willed in English:



  • Obstinately doing what one wants in spite of the wishes or orders of others.

    ‘the child may be very obstinate and self-willed’
    • ‘If he is now self-centered, selfish, and self-willed, do not think that he is going to change himself or that you are going to be able to change him once you get him past the ceremony.’
    • ‘This fits the notion that females are socialized to be dependent and obedient, while males are socialized to be independent and self-willed.’
    • ‘It is not unreasonable to say that, for a visitor in Hinton's position, it took considerable insensitivity if not self-willed complicity not to be aware of what happened in those years.’
    • ‘He was self-willed, obstinate, aggressive, vindictive, beset by feelings of inferiority, and yet firmly convinced of his own abilities.’
    • ‘For the grey-haired, being young is often equated with being hot-headed, turbulent, self-willed, obstinate, and too hot to handle.’
    • ‘A child with an unbroken will becomes self-willed.’
    • ‘Henry's break from Rome is convincingly anatomised, and Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn both emerge as strong, self-willed players.’
    • ‘Nicole Kidman shoulders the strong, self-willed, yet vulnerable protective mother's role with grace.’
    • ‘The man corresponding to this would also have love of victory, and would be self-willed and unmusical.’
    wilful, contrary, perverse, uncooperative, wayward, headstrong, stubborn, stubborn as a mule, obstinate, obdurate, pig-headed, mulish, intransigent, recalcitrant, refractory, stiff-necked, intractable, unpersuadable, ungovernable, difficult, disobedient, insubordinate, naughty
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/ˈˌself ˈwild/