\ 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

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 For the uninitiated, Vegemite is a thick, dark brown, supremely salty spread that is made from a heady mix of leftover brewer’s yeast and a few other additions, including malt, folate, and riboflavin. Kate Mcauley, Bon Appétit, 29 Dec. 2021 That heady mix of gravitas and tradition with exclusivity and rebellion is the conservative movement’s special sauce. Sam Adler-bell, The New Republic, 3 Dec. 2021 The most important among these was book writer and director James Lapine, whose more intimate off-Broadway imagination elicited from Sondheim a heady mix of mature emotion. Los Angeles Times, 26 Nov. 2021 Put a smile on a city dweller’s face with her Concrete Jungle, a heady mix of florals like lily and rose petals along with sheer musk and sandalwood. Stephanie Cain, Fortune, 15 Nov. 2021 In those cases, a heady mix of social-media fandom and access to free trading platforms like Robinhood caused novice investors to pour money into the shares — eventually sparking regulatory and Congressional investigations. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 22 Oct. 2021 During the heady rise, someone asked him to autograph their arm. San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 Aug. 2021 In the heady aftermath of Biden’s election victory, his party is gripped by the impulse to take dramatic actions involving large sums of federal money. Steve Chapman Chicago Tribune, Star Tribune, 7 Dec. 2020 Waldon plays Cliff, a struggling American writer who comes to Germany in the heady days before the world plunged again into war. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, 29 Nov. 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 22 Jan. 2022.

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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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