headfirst

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

Definition of headfirst

1 : with the head foremost dove headfirst into the waves

Other Words from headfirst

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 After two teases that mostly coasted on the generic outer-space adventure and IP nostalgia, this one dives headfirst into the plot, including a major twist that makes the timing of its theatrical release a bit ironic. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2022 The Florence girls ran headfirst into a buzz saw in the form of Hoover on Thursday morning. Evan Dudley, al, 17 Feb. 2022 The film’s success begins and ends with the actor, who dives headfirst into a career-defining performance. Clayton Davis, Variety, 1 Oct. 2021 The film’s success begins and ends with actor Simon Rex, who dives headfirst into a career-defining performance. Clayton Davis, Variety, 2 Sep. 2021 Instead, his story dives headfirst into the challenges of creating identity, the agony of growing up and the ever-fickle nuances of family. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, 19 Aug. 2021 Hernández drove Taillon's third pitch off the Green Monster, slid headfirst into third and trotted home when second baseman Odor's relay sailed into the protective netting above New York's dugout. Ken Powtak, Star Tribune, 24 July 2021 Hernández drove Taillon’s third pitch off the Green Monster, slid headfirst into third and trotted home when second baseman Odor’s relay sailed into the protective netting above New York’s dugout. Ken Powtak, courant.com, 24 July 2021 The group was slow to warm but percolated in the fifth when guest runner Jake Wood slid headfirst into home to make it 7-1. Shannon Russell, The Courier-Journal, 21 July 2021 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'headfirst.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of headfirst

1790, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Learn More About headfirst

Time Traveler for headfirst

Time Traveler

The first known use of headfirst was in 1790

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near headfirst

head fast

headfirst

headfish

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for headfirst

Cite this Entry

“Headfirst.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headfirst. Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for headfirst

headfirst

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

Kids Definition of headfirst

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

More from Merriam-Webster on headfirst

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for headfirst

Nglish: Translation of headfirst for Spanish Speakers

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Words Named After People

  • name tags
  • Namesake of the leotard, Jules Léotard had what profession?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!