\ 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.

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But even in that heady era, Bergling stood out as a restless songwriter who pushed the boundaries EDM placed around him. August Brown, latimes.com, "Avicii’s final songs emerge on ‘Tim,’ with help from many friends," 7 June 2019 On the contrary, adding a heady receiver like Kearse to the roster in mid-June, especially one who has some familiarity with the Lions’ new offense, is a wise roster decision. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "What addition of WR Jermaine Kearse means for Detroit Lions offense," 7 June 2019 In other words, tune out the noise and the heady expectations. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Is too much being asked for France as it hosts World Cup?," 31 May 2019 Capturing a snapshot of global biodiversity is a heady task, and the UN hopes this Global Assessment is the most comprehensive in human history. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Our Planet Just Got a Health Check, and the Diagnosis Is Grim," 6 May 2019 The space is crawling with vines, and throughout, a heady, haphazard garden glamour melds a Dickensian Miss Havisham with Burnett’s secret garden. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "How to Throw an End of Summer Garden Party, From London’s Favorite Eat-In Flower Shop," 3 Aug. 2018 This mix is made even headier by the street people and their dogs — some friendly, some menacing — hanging out. Leah Garchik, San Francisco Chronicle, "Paying tribute to Norm Larson, Duke of the Haight-Ashbury," 5 Apr. 2018 Neither has a big arm, but both are heady players with quick releases and excellent accuracy. Paul Domowitch, Philly.com, "Could Downingtown East product Kyle Lauletta end up being Tom Brady's successor?," 2 Mar. 2018 His arrival on campus marked a heady time for the school, which set out to achieve his vision for a flagship institution. Sean Murphy, The Seattle Times, "Investigation clouds Oklahoma icon’s distinguished legacy," 31 Mar. 2019

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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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