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[hed-ee] /ˈhɛd i/
adjective, headier, headiest.
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
1350-1400; Middle English hevedy, hedy. See head, -y1
Related forms
headily, adverb
headiness, noun
overheadiness, noun
overheady, adjective
unheady, adjective
3. thrilling, stirring, stimulating.
3. depressing, disappointing. Unabridged
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  • It's heady days for electric and hybrid car manufacturers and consumers.
  • The mood at the awards had a jubilance reminiscent of the heady days of the dot-com boom.
  • It was a heady feeling, being an educator at the crossroads of the world.
  • For months there was heady talk of a national revival.
  • While spring is quite forthcoming, fall makes you work for the heady prize of scent.
  • In the world of tech-industry investment banking, the last few years have seen some heady times.
  • Since those heady days, the price has fallen by nearly three-quarters, with much of that decline over the past week.
  • Ethical dilemmas have stunted the pursuit of stem cells' heady promise because the cells are derived from week-old embryos.
  • The physical properties of batteries make it impossible for them ever to achieve such heady goals.
  • He had a business model this time, one that seemed well suited to the heady days of the dotcom boom.
British Dictionary definitions for heady


adjective headier, headiest
(of alcoholic drink) intoxicating
strongly affecting the mind or senses; extremely exciting
rash; impetuous
Derived Forms
headily, adverb
headiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for heady

late 14c., "headstrong, hasty, impetuous," from head (n.) + adj. suffix -y (2). First recorded 1570s in sense of "apt to go to the head."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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