headlong


1head·long

adverb \-ˈlŋ\

: with the head leading

: without taking time to think about your actions

Full Definition of HEADLONG

1
:  headfirst 1
2
:  without deliberation :  recklessly <rushes headlong into danger>
3
:  without pause or delay

Examples of HEADLONG

  1. I dove headlong to the floor.
  2. <plunged headlong into the crowd in pursuit of the purse snatcher>

Origin of HEADLONG

Middle English hedlong, alteration of hedling, from hed head
First Known Use: 14th century

2head·long

adjective \-ˌlŋ\

Definition of HEADLONG

1
archaic :  steep, precipitous
2
:  lacking in calmness or restraint :  precipitate <a headlong torrent of emotion>
3
:  plunging headfirst

Examples of HEADLONG

  1. <terrified forest creatures in a headlong retreat from the rapidly spreading fire>

First Known Use of HEADLONG

circa 1550

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