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.

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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Examples from the Web for headiness

Contemporary Examples of headiness

Historical Examples of headiness

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

  • Did our skepticism, our headiness, our worldliness, threaten to eat us up like a cancer?


    John Burroughs

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for headiness


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 headiness



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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