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heady

[hed-ee] /ˈhɛd i/
adjective, headier, headiest.
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.
Origin of heady
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English hevedy, hedy. See head, -y1
Related forms
headily, adverb
headiness, noun
overheadiness, noun
overheady, adjective
unheady, adjective
Synonyms
3. thrilling, stirring, stimulating.
Antonyms
3. depressing, disappointing.
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  • The place was full of a heady concentration of pleasure that had a beautiful as well as a pitiful side.

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

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  • Worn on the warm flesh, the beads gave out a heady perfume, which was like the breath of the desert.

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

  • I swallowed eagerly the heady liquor, and felt a little more like myself.

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British Dictionary definitions for heady

heady

/ˈhɛdɪ/
adjective headier, headiest
1.
(of alcoholic drink) intoxicating
2.
strongly affecting the mind or senses; extremely exciting
3.
rash; impetuous
Derived Forms
headily, adverb
headiness, 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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