Meaning of heady

heady




Something that’s heady is extremely thrilling. You might have a heady feeling as you walk up on stage to get your high school diploma.

Use the adjective heady to describe a sensation that is so exciting it makes you a little dizzy, a bit like being intoxicated. You could talk about the heady scent of your mom’s rose garden or the heady feeling of winning the state spelling bee. The fourteenth century meaning of heady was “headstrong or impetuous,” and it’s sometimes still used in this way. By the 1570’s, it had also come to mean “apt to go to the head,” or “exhilarating.”

Definitions of heady
  1. adjective

    extremely exciting as if by alcohol or a narcotic

    synonyms:

    intoxicating

    exciting

    creating or arousing excitement
  2. adjective

    marked by defiant disregard for danger or consequences

    synonyms:

    foolhardy, rash, reckless

    bold

    fearless and daring
  3. adjective

    marked by the exercise of good judgment or common sense in practical matters

    synonyms:

    judicious, wise

    prudent

    careful and sensible; marked by sound judgment

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