heady

[ hed-ee ]
/ ˈhɛd i /
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adjective, head·i·er, head·i·est.

intoxicating: a heady wine.
affecting the mind or senses greatly: heady perfume.
exciting; exhilarating: the heady news of victory.
rashly impetuous: heady conduct.
violent; destructive: heady winds.
clever; shrewd: a heady scheme to win the election.

Nearby words

  1. headway,
  2. headwear,
  3. headwind,
  4. headword,
  5. headwork,
  6. heal,
  7. heal-all,
  8. healee,
  9. healer,
  10. healers

Origin of heady

First recorded in 1350–1400, heady is from the Middle English word hevedy, hedy. See head, -y1

SYNONYMS FOR heady
3. thrilling, stirring, stimulating.

ANTONYMS FOR heady

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British Dictionary definitions for headier

heady

/ (ˈhɛdɪ) /

adjective headier or headiest

(of alcoholic drink) intoxicating
strongly affecting the mind or senses; extremely exciting
rash; impetuous
Derived Formsheadily, adverbheadiness, noun

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Word Origin and History for headier

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."

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