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heady

[hed-ee] /ˈhɛd i/
adjective, headier, headiest.
1.
intoxicating:
a heady wine.
2.
affecting the mind or senses greatly:
heady perfume.
3.
exciting; exhilarating:
the heady news of victory.
4.
rashly impetuous:
heady conduct.
5.
violent; destructive:
heady winds.
6.
clever; shrewd:
a heady scheme to win the election.
Origin of heady
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English hevedy, hedy. See head, -y1
Related forms
headily, adverb
headiness, noun
overheadiness, noun
overheady, adjective
unheady, adjective
Synonyms
3. thrilling, stirring, stimulating.
Antonyms
3. depressing, disappointing.
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  • Hyrel could feel her hot breath through her veil upon his neck, adding to the headiness of the liquor.

    A Bottle of Old Wine Richard O. Lewis
  • Did our skepticism, our headiness, our worldliness, threaten to eat us up like a cancer?

    Whitman John Burroughs
  • We have to reckon with the headiness and excitability of youth.

    The American Mind Bliss Perry
  • All hope of conciliation was at an end, and, says Walbert, the belligerents went their several ways full of headiness and gall.

    The Story of Bruges Ernest Gilliat-Smith
  • There is a vast amount of headiness and high-mindedness abroad, not only in the world, but in the Church.

    The All-Sufficiency of Christ Charles Henry Mackintosh
  • The headiness of rapture could overwhelm him for a moment: it was not the true sphere of his happiness.

British Dictionary definitions for headiness

heady

/ˈhɛdɪ/
adjective headier, headiest
1.
(of alcoholic drink) intoxicating
2.
strongly affecting the mind or senses; extremely exciting
3.
rash; impetuous
Derived Forms
headily, adverb
headiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for headiness

heady

adj.

late 14c., "headstrong, hasty, impetuous," from head (n.) + adj. suffix -y (2). First recorded 1570s in sense of "apt to go to the head."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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