What does headlong mean?

Definitions for headlong
ˈhɛdˌlɔŋ, -ˌlɒŋhead·long

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word headlong.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. hasty, headlong(adj)

    excessively quick

    "made a hasty exit"; "a headlong rush to sell"

  2. headfirst, headlong(adverb)

    with the head foremost

    "a headfirst plunge down the stairs"; "a headlong dive into the pool"

  3. headlong, headfirst(adverb)

    with the head foremost

    "the runner slid headlong into third base"

  4. headlong, precipitately(adverb)

    at breakneck speed

    "burst headlong through the gate"

  5. headlong, rashly(adverb)

    in a hasty and foolhardy manner

    "he fell headlong in love with his cousin"


  1. headlong(Verb)

    To precipitate.

  2. headlong(Adverb)

    With the head first or down.

  3. headlong(Adverb)

    With an unrestrained forward motion.

    Figures out today show the economy plunging headlong into recession.

  4. headlong(Adjective)


  5. headlong(Adjective)

    Plunging downwards head foremost.

  6. headlong(Adjective)

    Rushing forward without restraint.

  7. headlong(Adjective)

    Reckless, impetuous.

  8. Origin: From hedlong, alteration of hedling, heedling, hevedlynge, assimilated to long. More at headling.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Headlong

    with the head foremost; as, to fall headlong

  2. Headlong

    rashly; precipitately; without deliberation

  3. Headlong

    hastily; without delay or respite

  4. Headlong(adj)

    rash; precipitate; as, headlong folly

  5. Headlong(adj)

    steep; precipitous

  6. Origin: [OE. hedling, hevedlynge; prob. confused with E. long, a. & adv.]


  1. Headlong

    "Headlong" is a song by the British rock band Queen. Written by guitarist Brian May, but credited to Queen, it was released as the third single from their 1991 album Innuendo. The song was initially to be recorded by Brian May for his then-upcoming solo album Back to the Light, but when he heard Queen vocalist Freddie Mercury sing the track, he allowed it to become a Queen song. The song was the first single to be released in the United States under their contract with Hollywood Records on 14 January 1991, though it was not released in the United Kingdom for another four months. The song charted on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart in the United States at #3. The line "And you're rushin' headlong" from the chorus is somewhat lifted from the second verse of "Breakthru", a single from Queen's previous album The Miracle, which contains the lyrics "I wanna rush headlong into this ecstasy". The cover of one of the CD singles is inspired by Grandville illustrations, as are all of the other singles from the album.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of headlong in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of headlong in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of headlong in a Sentence

  1. Saadi Shirazi:

    Affairs succeed by patience, and he that is hasty falleth headlong.

  2. Jean Cocteau:

    There is always a period when a man with a beard shaves it off. This period does not last. He returns headlong to his beard.

  3. Seneca:

    While the fates permit, live happily life speeds on with hurried step, and with winged days the wheel of the headlong year is turned.

  4. Nigel Farage:

    The Macron agenda -- more money, more taxation, more military power, foreign policy without national veto -- everything Macron is talking about runs into a headlong collision with the way the peoples of Europe are feeling.

  5. Alien Life -RSB- Raymond:

    We're trying to find examples of the most extreme environments we can on Earth, we're trying to get into places where biology runs headlong into the inorganic part of the Earth, where any nutrient you want to pick up you've got to get from a rock or the atmosphere.

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  • de cabezaSpanish
  • päistikkaa, päätä pahkaa, pää edelläFinnish
  • la tête la premièreFrench
  • tūpouMāori
  • med hode først, hals over hodeNorwegian
  • стремительно, стремглав, сломя голову, опрометью, очертя голову, головой вперёдRussian

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