\ ˈhe-dē How to pronounce heady (audio) \
headier; headiest

Definition of heady

1a : willful, rash heady opinions
2a : tending to intoxicate or make giddy or elated heady wine being in such distinguished company was a heady experience
b : giddy, exhilarated heady with his success
c : rich a heady sauce a heady variety
d : impressive a man of heady accomplishments
3a : marked by or showing good judgment : shrewd, intelligent
b : intellectually stimulating or demanding

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Other Words from heady

headily \ ˈhe-​də-​lē How to pronounce heady (audio) \ adverb
headiness \ ˈhe-​dē-​nəs How to pronounce heady (audio) \ noun

Examples of heady in a Sentence

The plane soared to heady heights. They were heady with their newfound success.
Recent Examples on the Web It’s heady stuff, if given a moment or two to think about it. oregonlive, "Oregon State is 40 minutes from a historic Final Four, but Beavers let others think about what’s at stake," 29 Mar. 2021 The first two decades of the 20th century were heady days for the women’s suffrage movement, with protests and hunger strikes in Washington and other cities around the nation. Daniela Altimari, courant.com, "Five women pioneers were elected to the Connecticut legislature a century ago; here are their stories," 28 Mar. 2021 Smart was a heady point guard and three-year starter for the Panthers. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Seven things to know about new Marquette basketball coach Shaka Smart," 27 Mar. 2021 The last few weeks have been both heady and humbling for the Biden White House. Rick Klein, Averi Harper, ABC News, "Biden faces press at early pivot point in presidency: The Note," 25 Mar. 2021 Despite the violence, for many Syrians those heady months at the start of the revolution were full of hope. Saphora Smith, NBC News, "10 years after Syrian uprising, boy who helped light war's fuse doubts it was worth it," 18 Mar. 2021 In recent years, however, curls have sprouted again around Egypt, a visible reminder of the subtle shifts in Egyptian society that many young Egyptians trace back to the heady days of the 2011 revolution, when mass protests brought down a dictator. New York Times, "The Freedom of Natural Curls: Egypt’s Quiet Rebellion," 11 Mar. 2021 Secretions on animal fur (particularly a cat's), and tiny pollen grains that seep into the house when plants are in bloom, create a heady brew about which every allergy sufferer can tell you tales of woe. Gregory Mcnamee, CNN, "Spring cleaning: Science and allergy relief meet at the end of a broom," 20 Mar. 2021 Typically blooming in late spring, lilacs are known for their vivid color and heady scent. Nancy Olson, Forbes, "What’s Your Shade? Writing Instruments For Spring," 19 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of heady

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Heady.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heady. Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of heady

: causing feelings of excitement or dizziness : having a powerful effect on your senses
: very excited and happy

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