What does heady mean?

Definitions for heady
ˈhɛd iheady

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. judicious, wise, headyadjective

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

    "judicious use of one's money"; "a wise decision"

  2. heady, intoxicatingadjective

    extremely exciting as if by alcohol or a narcotic

  3. foolhardy, heady, rash, recklessadjective

    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"


  1. headyadjective

    intoxicating or stupefying

  2. headyadjective

    tending to upset the mind or senses

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  5. headyadjective

    rash or impetuous

  6. Etymology: From hedi, hevedi, equivalent to.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Headyadjective

    Etymology: from head.

    Take pity of your town and of your people,
    While yet the cool and temp’rate wind of grace
    O’erblows the filthy and contagious clouds
    Of heady murther, spoil and villany. William Shakespeare, Henry V.

    I am advised what I say:
    Neither disturb’d with the effect of wine,
    Nor, heady rash, provok’d with raging ire;
    Albeit my wrongs might make one wiser mad. William Shakespeare.

    I’ll forbear,
    And am fall’n out with my more heady will,
    To take the indispos’d and sickly fit
    For the sound man. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Never came reformation in a flood
    With such a heady current scow’ring faults;
    Nor ever hydra-headed wilfulness
    So soon did lose his seat, and all at once,
    As in this king. William Shakespeare, Henry V.

    Wives, the readiest helps
    To betray heady husbands, rob the easy. Ben Jonson, Catil.

    Men, naturally warm and heady, are transported with the greatest flush of good nature. Joseph Addison, Freeholder.

    I was entertained with a sort of wine which was very heady, but otherwise seemed to be sack. Boyle.

    Since hearty beef and mutton will not do,
    Here’s julep-dance, ptisan of song and show:
    Give you strong sense, the liquor is too heady;
    You’re come to farce, that’s asses milk, already. Dryden.

    Flow, Welsted! flow, like thine inspirer, beer;
    Heady, not strong; and foaming, though not full. Alexander Pope.


  1. Heady

    Heady is a surname.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Headyadjective

    willful; rash; precipitate; hurried on by will or passion; ungovernable

  2. Headyadjective

    apt to affect the head; intoxicating; strong

  3. Headyadjective

    violent; impetuous

  4. Etymology: [From Head.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. HEADY

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Heady is ranked #10964 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Heady surname appeared 2,901 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Heady.

    90% or 2,612 total occurrences were White.
    3.9% or 115 total occurrences were Black.
    2.3% or 69 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.9% or 56 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.1% or 32 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.5% or 17 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of heady in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of heady in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of heady in a Sentence

  1. Howard Keel:

    Success can be harder to take than failure in a lot of ways. It brings with it a responsibility. You have to learn that all the highs don't last forever. For every high, there's a corresponding low. It's why young kids often go to pieces. When they get so popular they can't go out of their hotel rooms, that's when they turn to drugs. Success can be very dangerous, very heady.

  2. Sidonie Gabrielle Colette:

    There are days when solitude is a heady wine that intoxicates you with freedom, others when it is a bitter tonic, and still others when it is a poison that makes you beat your head against the wall.

  3. Colette:

    There are days when solitude, for someone my age, is a heady wine that intoxicates you with freedom, others when it is a bitter tonic, and still others when it is a poison that makes you beat your head against the wall.

  4. Pete Buttigieg:

    It's heady, and it has happened very quickly.

  5. Stephanie Grisham:

    I do believe he gave voice to a lot of people who did feel forgotten, but I think that many of us, Stephanie Grisham included, got into that White House, and got heady with power, we didn't think about serving the country anymore, it was about surviving.

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    a state of irritation or annoyance
    • A. abrade
    • B. huff
    • C. exacerbate
    • D. gloat

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