headfirst

adverb

head·​first ˈhed-ˈfərst How to pronounce headfirst (audio)
1
: with the head foremost
dove headfirst into the waves
2
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 Sasquatch Sunset is a textbook case of the latter, piling on enough quirkiness to almost get on your nerves before suddenly swerving headfirst first into the sublime, rinse, repeat. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 11 Apr. 2024 Tiger had just finished second in the U.S. Open and immediately dove headfirst into parenthood. Emy Lacroix, Peoplemag, 7 Apr. 2024 The tube then flops you down headfirst into a trough of water, a Royal Caribbean baptism. Gary Shteyngart, The Atlantic, 4 Apr. 2024 Drew Barrymore dove headfirst into the Halloween spirit and came out wearing a glorious 'fro. EW.com, 30 Oct. 2023 Nor does Renegade Nell care much to find out — and while there is probably something to be said for eschewing the origin story to dive headfirst into action, the vagueness with which the series treats its more fanciful elements robs them of their weight. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 Mar. 2024 Colorado star Nathan MacKinnon departed after landing headfirst on the ice with 11:18 to go. Colby Guy, USA TODAY, 11 Feb. 2024 Morgan Stanley cautioned against racing headfirst into AI, lest investors not have an adequate lay of the land before the bubble bursts. Paolo Confino, Fortune, 22 Feb. 2024 Kahler: Here's the thing: these new ETFs open the door for everyday folks to dabble in this digital frenzy without diving headfirst into the crypto rabbit hole. Larry Light, Forbes, 11 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Headfirst.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headfirst. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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headfirst

adverb
head·​first ˈhed-ˈfərst How to pronounce headfirst (audio)
: with the head foremost
headfirst adjective

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