\ˈhe-dē \
headier; headiest

Definition of heady 

1a : willful, rash heady opinions

b : violent, impetuous

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 \ adverb
headiness \ˈhe-dē-nəs \ noun

Examples of heady in a Sentence

The plane soared to heady heights. They were heady with their newfound success.

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This is heady stuff for Van Horn, 57, a former three-sport star at two high schools, Grandview and as a senior at Winnetonka. Blair Kerkhoff, kansascity, "For Arkansas baseball coach Dave Van Horn, success started in KC," 24 June 2018 Junior Height: 6-4 • Weight: 200 Steady and with great length, Thomas is a low-risk, heady guard who won’t make unforced mistakes and can immediately stretch the floor with his offense. Michael Singer, USA TODAY, "2018 NBA mock draft 3.0: Michael Porter Jr. vaults up board; Cavs nab Trae Young," 15 June 2018 Sweet power pop delivered with the heady we’ve-got-tonight-screw-tomorrow conviction of teenagers who figured out the secret to everything. Andy Meek, Billboard, "Big Star Drummer Jody Stephens Keeps the Beat Alive at the Band's Old Studio," 17 May 2018 The tip of a knife will cause the heady filling to burst forth, to be spooned around. David Tanis, New York Times, "A Deluxe Asparagus Frittata, Topped With Burrata," 27 Apr. 2018 But in the first heady years of our married life, adventures intervened. Vogue, "How One Writer Wrestled With Her Role as a First—and Second—Wife," 15 Mar. 2018 In recent years, defense spending overall has been lower than in those heady earlier decades. Heather Souvaine Horn, The New Republic, "Is It Fair for Trump to Bash NATO Over Military Spending?," 12 July 2018 The Orioles have a much better .273 winning percentage this season, which projects to a heady 44 victories by the time this season mercifully ends Sept. 30. Peter Schmuck, baltimoresun.com, "Schmuck: With Ravens waiting in the wings, this is perfect year to punt early on the Orioles," 7 July 2018 Hungary has been headiest of late, as Mr Orban scrambled ahead of an election to build roads, tunnels and bridges. The Economist, "Central Europe’s Goldilocks economies," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of heady

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

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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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