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heady

[hed-ee]
adjective, head·i·er, head·i·est.
  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.
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Origin of heady

First recorded in 1350–1400, heady is from the Middle English word hevedy, hedy. See head, -y1
Related formshead·i·ly, adverbhead·i·ness, nouno·ver·head·i·ness, nouno·ver·head·y, adjectiveun·head·y, adjective

Synonyms for heady

3. thrilling, stirring, stimulating.

Antonyms for heady

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Related Words for headier

exhilarating, exciting, potent, overwhelming, powerful, provocative, stimulating, strong, spirituous

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British Dictionary definitions for headier

heady

adjective headier or headiest
  1. (of alcoholic drink) intoxicating
  2. strongly affecting the mind or senses; extremely exciting
  3. rash; impetuous
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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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