\ 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 These zamburiñas are braised in a heady tomato-wine sauce. Benjamin Kemper, WSJ, "Dinner From a Can, No Apologies," 17 Dec. 2020 Escape to Cape Spartel, Tangier, with Aesop’s new spicy, floral candle, a heady blend of cardamom, mimosa, and hints of tobacco. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "The 21 Best Scented Candles to Light Up at Home—And How to Make Them Last," 14 Oct. 2020 But if its aim is lower and its rewards less heady, this 1973 album still exudes a gritty charm that resonates 47 years later. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, "All boxed up! New CD and vinyl box sets from Prince, Joni Mitchell, Frank Zappa, U2 and more," 13 Dec. 2020 And yet, the stock price has more than doubled in that time frame, resulting in a heady valuation of about 33 times the next four quarters’ earnings. Tae Kim, Fortune, "Apple’s next trillion won’t come so easily," 19 Aug. 2020 The company has a compelling Silicon Valley origin story, and revolutionizing the use of databases seems like pretty heady stuff. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Why Snowflake’s stock is raging like a High Sierra blizzard," 4 Dec. 2020 The next weekend we got dragged on an impromptu night out with friends and several vodkas later, everyone in our party ended up kissing one another in the smoking area — ah, the heady days of pre-pandemic life. Sam Wilkinson, refinery29.com, "I Identified As A Gay Man, Then I Fell In Love With My Female Roommate In Lockdown," 19 Nov. 2020 The designers, who spent eight years at Max Mara, followed by two heady years as head stylists at Gianfranco Ferre, launched their own brand Aquilano-Rimondi in 2008. Colleen Barry, Star Tribune, "Valentino closes Milan Fashion Week with lush live show," 27 Sep. 2020 The heady self-assurance that Jameson and her university friends felt while still at school became both a shield and a sword. Vivian Gornick, Harper's Magazine, "“If Only I Could Begin Again!”," 24 Nov. 2020

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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 19 Jan. 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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