head long

headlong

[hed-lawng, -long]
adverb
1.
with the head foremost; headfirst: to plunge headlong into the water.
2.
without delay; hastily: to plunge headlong into work.
3.
without deliberation; rashly: to rush headlong into battle.
adjective
4.
undertaken quickly and suddenly; made precipitately; hasty: a headlong flight.
5.
rash; impetuous: a headlong denunciation.
6.
done or going with the head foremost: a headlong dive into the pool.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English hedlong, earlier hedling. See head, -ling2

headlongness, noun

headlong, headstrong.
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headlong (ˈhɛdˌlɒŋ)
 
adv, —adj
1.  with the head foremost; headfirst
2.  with great haste
 
adj
3.  archaic (of slopes, etc) very steep; precipitous

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headlong
1482, from hed "head" + suffix -ling (see grovel). Altered by folk etymology on pattern of sidelong, etc.
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