heady

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj heady marked by defiant disregard for danger or consequences "foolhardy enough to try to seize the gun from the hijacker","became the fiercest and most reckless of partisans"-Macaulay","a reckless driver","a rash attempt to climb Mount Everest"
    • adj heady extremely exciting as if by alcohol or a narcotic
    • adj heady marked by the exercise of good judgment or common sense in practical matters "judicious use of one's money","a wise decision"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Heady Apt to affect the head; intoxicating; strong. "The liquor is too heady ."
    • Heady Violent; impetuous. "Like mingled streams, more forcible when joined.""A heady currance."
    • Heady Willful; rash; precipitate; hurried on by will or passion; ungovernable. "All the talent required is to be hot, to be heady , -- to be violent on one side or the other."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • heady Headstrong; rash; precipitate; hurried on by obstinacy or passion.
    • heady Apt to affect the head; intoxicating.
    • heady Violent; impetuous.
    • heady Intelligent.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Heady affecting the head or the brain: intoxicating: inflamed: rash: violent
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Quotations

  • Sir Arnold Lunn
    Sir Arnold Lunn
    “Preaching is heady wine. It is pleasant to tell people where they get off.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Head
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. héafod, Dut. hoofd, Ger. haupt.

Usage

In literature:

He's a fast, heady, scientific player, just the one to steady you kids.
"The Young Pitcher" by Zane Grey
The entrance to Villa Elsa consisted of a hallway swimming in heady odors from the strong cooking in the adjacent kitchen.
"Villa Elsa" by Stuart Henry
Holdy up his tiny paddy, Did he hurt his blessed heady?
"Peggy-Alone" by Mary Agnes Byrne
That hurt the brain, and are heady.
"Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce" by E. R. Billings
The noise grew louder and louder as the fumes of heady wines obscured the brains of these makers of future empires.
""Unto Caesar"" by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
He was then no longer the hot and heady satirist; he had become the sly and subtle scorner.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 55, No. 343, May 1844" by Various
The odour of the burning leaves was heady, a superdistillate of memories.
"Stubble" by George Looms
To-day, the delicate, heady air of the Northern summer inspired their veins like wine.
"Two on the Trail" by Hulbert Footner
She started, looked at him thoughtfully, and smiled a heady smile.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
At sixteen she could not have been more outwardly unblemished, and she emanated a heady essence.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
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In poetry:

Could the battle-struggle earn
One kind glance from thine eye,
How this withering heart would burn,
The heady fight to try !
"Passion" by Charlotte Bronte
-If I could see you again
& talk w/you, & walk a
short while in your company,
& drink the heady brew
of your conversations,
I thought
"Wilderness" by James Douglas Morrison
With silver basin, and silver kame,
To kame my headie upon her knee;
But rather than kiss her ugly mouth,
I'd ha'e toddled for ever about the tree.
"Alison Gross" by Andrew Lang
Dectora. Being too high, their heady prophecies
But harry us with hopes that come to nothing,
Because we are not proud, imperishable,
Alone and winged.
"The Shadowy Waters: The Shadowy Waters" by William Butler Yeats
As filthy swine can feast on draff,
As thirsty oxen water quaff,
We swill and drench ourselves with heady drink; We wallow in each foul desire,
As hogs delight to roll in more,
And never of the consequences think.
"To The Sons Of Brutus" by Rees Prichard
Shall I stretch my arms unto thee, biding thy maiden coyness,
Under the silver of morning, under the purple of night ?
Taming my ancient rudeness, checking my heady clamor­
Thus, is it thus I must woo thee, oh, my delight?
"The Sea to the Shore" by Lucy Maud Montgomery

In news:

Promises of love, sex, and fulfillment are heady ones indeed.
To call his work heady and provocative is an understatement.
These are heady times for the Knicks.
Kidd's heady play lifts Knicks.
Q&A with Congressional District 17 candidate George W Hindman: Challenger offers heady mix of science, fiscal sense.
Heady Topper may be the hottest beer in the United States right now, or at least on the East Coast.
Flaming Lips released a collaboration-heavy double vinyl album called 'The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends' for Record Store Day last month.
Heady Prices for Modern Art.
For Fans Of The NFL Draft, A Heady Cocktail Of Hope And Sloth.
Tycho combines design and electronic music into heady mix.
Sidney Crosby's heady approach should blaze trail for Peyton Manning.
Queen of Sheba offers chance to savor the heady fare of Ethiopian royalty.
Hop Farmers Reviving Heady Days of Brewing.
The Big Year, light but heady .
Todd Stanford's soccer column: Heady days for Seals.
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In science:

Then, whatever Bob does, either flip or not flip, the state of the coin remains unchanged, and Alice in her last move can rotate the (quantum) state back to |headi.
Quantum advantages in classically defined tasks
Clearly, when Bob takes the coin in his hand, its quantum state will decohere and Alice will not be able to rotate it back to the state |headi.
Quantum advantages in classically defined tasks
It was a heady time of excitement, confusion and discovery as we were groping our way through the complexities of the theoretical problems posed by the extraordinarily tiny, short-lived, extremely dense and highly dynamical “fireballs” created in these nuclear collisions.
From SPS to RHIC: Maurice and the CERN heavy-ion programme
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