head·​first | \ ˈhed-ˈfərst How to pronounce headfirst (audio) \

Definition of headfirst

1 : with the head foremost dove headfirst into the waves

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headfirst adjective

Examples of headfirst in a Sentence

She dove into the water headfirst. She rushed into the relationship headfirst.
Recent Examples on the Web Northern England — As the civil war in Syria rages on, the White Helmets — an all-volunteer rescue organization — have defied death to rush headfirst toward airstrikes. Charlie D'agata, CBS News, "Syria's White Helmets try to start new lives after years of war," 30 Dec. 2019 For those reluctant to plunge headfirst into such delicacies, General Tso’s chicken and beef and broccoli are also available, as well as a wonderful kung pao chicken ($14.95) that would surely have made George Costanza sweat. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, "Review: This new Sichuan bistro in Towson serves tongue-numbing dishes and you’ll love every bite," 26 Nov. 2019 To depict whatever rough edges survive among American Jews is to risk running headfirst into a shonda — a shame. Jamie Lauren Keiles, New York Times, "Adam Sandler’s Everlasting Shtick," 27 Nov. 2019 Our first night in our new state, one of our then-two-year-olds, in an act of defiance or toddlerhood, threw herself out of her crib, hitting the floor headfirst. Darlena Cunha, Marie Claire, "A Decade ’Til “I Do”," 4 Nov. 2019 But as Sabourin arrived, Backes appeared to catch him in the face, Sabourin going down headfirst, Backes almost immediately motioning for help. BostonGlobe.com, "Sabourin and Wagner were teammates with the San Diego Gulls in the AHL in 2016-17.," 2 Nov. 2019 When the game was over, grown men dove headfirst onto the field, slipping and sliding like third-graders at a birthday party. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "49ers’ Kyle Shanahan gets all the revenge he needs in rain-soaked victory," 20 Oct. 2019 Democrats are plunging headfirst into an investigation that could jeopardize their House majority, but an emerging consensus is that the risks are worth it. San Diego Union-Tribune, "10 Things to Know for Today," 26 Sep. 2019 Don’t get overly complex Following the stock market crash of 2008, investors dove headfirst into complex hedging strategies such as black swan funds that shine during a market crash or bear market funds that rise when stocks fall. Ben Carlson, Fortune, "Worried About Recession? Here are 3 Ways Investors Can Decrease Stock Market Risk," 26 June 2019

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First Known Use of headfirst

1790, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of headfirst was in 1790

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7 Jan 2020

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“Headfirst.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headfirst. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of headfirst

: with the head leading
: without taking time to think about your actions


head·​first | \ ˈhed-ˈfərst How to pronounce headfirst (audio) \

Kids Definition of headfirst

: with the head in front He fell headfirst down the stairs.

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