\ 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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The drug, a nasal spray that manufacturer Johnson & Johnson has branded Spravato, is a close chemical relation to ketamine, an anesthetic that is known for its heady effects on the brain. Peter Loftus, WSJ, "FDA Approves Controversial Drug for Depression," 5 Mar. 2019 And, Law notes, people love these stunning blooms' heady fragrance. Carly Orleach, Woman's Day, "How to Make Fresh Flowers Last Longer," 15 Feb. 2019 Calvin Klein/Facebook Simons spent the past two years trying to spice things up at Calvin Klein with a heady rebranding. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "The Calvin Klein brand hired big-name fashion designer Raf Simons to build relevancy. Now he’s out.," 27 Dec. 2018 Earnings season is underway on Wall Street and, thanks to a heady combination of core business strength and tax windfalls, the results have been exceptional. Jeff Sommer, New York Times, "Profits Are Soaring. The Stock Market Has Barely Noticed.," 11 May 2018 Some people still heat their homes using peat: decayed, millennia-old vegetal matter that’s used here to fuel fires to dry barley, infusing the air with heady smoky aromas that define Islay whiskies. Liza Weisstuch, New York Times, "The Whisky Chronicles," 23 Apr. 2018 The Hazel Park restaurant glows an ardent orange during packed dinner hours, smoldering with the heady aromas of north African green harissa and pungent Thai fish-sauce caramel from its kaleidoscopic global pantry. Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Free Press Restaurant of the Year past winners," 11 Feb. 2018 Kim Stanley Robinson is known for his heady and thought-provoking science fiction novels. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Red Moon is a novel full of fascinating ideas that never come together," 3 Nov. 2018 The enormous garden was in mind-blowing full bloom, a riot of blooms and colors and heady fragrance; a magnificent sight. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "How Hamish Bowles Spent a Whirlwind 24 Hours in Madrid," 14 June 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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