\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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These wines merge savory and fruity flavors perfectly, with a mix of heady saffron and ginger flavors mixing with ripe, lush stone fruit. Kristin Tice Studeman, Vogue, "The Best Wine for Every Thanksgiving Scenario," 19 Nov. 2018 One of the most enchanting of them all is Bri Luna—also known as @thehoodwitch—who delivers a heady mix of tarot card knowledge, mystical visuals, self-care wisdom, and some serious #bigwitchenergy. Bri Luna, Glamour, "I'm a Real Witch, and I Spend $7,855 a Year on My Beauty Rituals," 31 Oct. 2018 The background gave him a comfort level around senators and congressmen, whom his parents entertained at their home, and a personal connection to the headiest moments in American history. Siobhan Hughes, WSJ, "Sen. John McCain, a War Hero Who Became a Political Heavyweight, Dies at 81," 25 Aug. 2018 My Little Scythe Hoby & Vienna Chou, Stonemaier Games, 1-6 players, 45-60 minutes, age 8+ 2016’s blockbuster board game Scythe was a heady mix of 4X mechs-on-a-map, engine building, and resource management. Aaron Zimmerman, Ars Technica, "The hottest new board games from Gen Con 2018," 11 Aug. 2018 In this heady moment the media are apparently hounding Gardner for an interview. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Eric Stonestreet just boosted Kansas Trooper Ben's Twitter with a giving twist | The Kansas City Star," 6 Mar. 2018 The tasting menu was relatively affordable at $85 a head and the vibe was casual, complete with a heady rock & roll soundtrack. Kelly Dobkin, Bon Appetit, "The Well-Crafted Kitchen: Inside the New Momofuku Ko Bar," 5 June 2018 After a few years of heady rent increases, Valley apartment costs are dipping, flattening out or at least not climbing nearly as fast. Catherine Reagor, azcentral, "Phoenix renters finally seeing better deals, thanks to the many new apartment complexes," 3 June 2018 The literary songs of the Portland band address heady topics including mortality, capitalism, history and mythology. Bill Brownlee, kansascity, "KC concerts May 17-23: Jimmy Buffett, James Taylor, Decemberists, Son Little, Bronco | The Kansas City Star," 15 May 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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