adjective (headier; -est) Date: 14th century 1. a. willful, rash <
heady opinions
b. violent, impetuous 2. a. 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
3. a. marked by or showing good judgment ; shrewd, intelligent b. intellectually stimulating or demanding • headily adverbheadiness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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