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heady

[hed-ee]
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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

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3. thrilling, stirring, stimulating.

Antonyms for heady

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Related Words for heady

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

Examples from the Web for heady

Contemporary Examples of heady

Historical Examples of heady

  • It was heady, this island of the south—heady in the summer-time.

    The Call of the Blood

    Robert Smythe Hichens

  • You can get up two bottles of our Lunel—at two francs—the heady kind.

    Germinie Lacerteux

    Edmond and Jules de Goncourt

  • Maybe the ozone and the other additives in your shelter air are too heady for me.

  • She started, looked at him thoughtfully, and smiled a heady smile.

    The Goose Man

    Jacob Wassermann

  • The odour of the burning leaves was heady, a superdistillate of memories.

    Stubble

    George Looms


British Dictionary definitions for heady

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 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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