\ 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 headily (audio) \ adverb
headiness \ ˈhe-​dē-​nəs How to pronounce headiness (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 Parnas said living in Giuliani's world was a heady experience. Anchorage Daily News, "How Lev Parnas worked his way into Trump’s world - and now is rattling it," 19 Jan. 2020 With the loss, the Spurs joined the Orlando Magic as the only teams to lose twice to Atlanta this season — not exactly heady company. Jeff Mcdonald, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio Spurs continue to confound as midway point nears," 18 Jan. 2020 This collection of flight paths and ads inspires a heady case of wanderlust. Matt Kronsberg, WSJ, "Books for People Who Love Maps," 16 Jan. 2020 Still, that's some pretty heady heckling from an opposing fanbase. Akeem Glaspie, Indianapolis Star, "Brooklyn Nets fans taunt Jimmy Butler with T.J. Warren chant," 11 Jan. 2020 The stock price of Elon Musk's electric car company has more than doubled in the past year, exceeding even the tech entrepreneur's heady target of $420 a share in 2018 and recently approaching $500 a share. Stephen Gandel, CBS News, "Tesla Motors is now America's most valuable car company," 8 Jan. 2020 The past year has been a heady time at the film box office. Steven Zeitchik, Washington Post, "The Chinese film business is doing the unthinkable: Thriving without Hollywood," 30 Dec. 2019 Now at 27-4, the Milwaukee Bucks continue to soar in heady territory, with recent wins over the Los Angeles Lakers and Indiana Pacers as worthy notches in their belt. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "When can we start talking about the Bucks as one of the best teams in NBA history?," 23 Dec. 2019 One avenue of inquiry focused on a heady mish-mash of conspiracy theories about the 2016 election, which Giuliani had imbibed from dubious online sources. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "America’s Toady," 18 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of heady

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

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“Heady.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heady. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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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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