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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
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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  • For months there was heady talk of a national revival.
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  • 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

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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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