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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
heady excitement (=strong excitement about what you might achieve)
▪ Back then, there was the heady excitement of discovering feminism and getting involved in politics.
heady (=strong and sweet)
▪ In early summer, lilacs finally open and release their heady perfume.
▪ Something from the hot, heady days of youth when the sap was rising.
▪ As yet nobody knows, but I am no less optimistic now than I was in those heady days at Treasury.
▪ This was in the heady days of 1978, when I first lost my leg, when very flared trousers were in.
▪ Since those heady days the bar and its clientele have undergone a transformation.
▪ These were heady days when the wine was new.
▪ The wheel had come full circle since the heady days of expansion after the Robbins Report in 1963.
▪ Even in the heady days following his release, there was no hiding the hesitation in their eyes.
▪ The heady days of 1992 brought dramatic changes.
▪ The heady scent of blossom had hung about the churchyard.
▪ I loved its profuse blossoms, its heady scent.
▪ It wasn't like that with the girls at the office, all heady scent and pouting, glossy lips.
▪ Lucy skirted the kiosk overflowing with vases and baskets of flowers; the heady scents were sickening.
▪ The heady scent of hot spices restored the sense of relaxation that moment in the cloakroom had nearly undone.
▪ By May the soft greens of spring darken and the freshness of the garden gives way to headier scents and fragrances.
▪ The air was warm and sultry, with the heady scents of plants perhaps never seen before.
▪ It was rumoured she had been a barmaid, heady stuff in those days.
▪ Pretty heady stuff for a freshman....
▪ It was heady stuff for me.
▪ This is all pretty heady stuff.
▪ a heady aroma
▪ A heady scent of jasmine hung in the summer air.
▪ Diane loved the blossoms and the heady aroma of the wild rose bush.
▪ He often wished he could relive the heady days of his youth.
▪ the heady excitement of being in love
▪ the heady years of fame
▪ He was filled with a heady longing for the office and Mr Chand to accept him; to let him stay.
▪ His task, one of unending and heady excitement, was now well and truly under way!
▪ It is a heady, exhilarating feeling, and I love it.
▪ Served rare, the meat of squab is a heady delicacy, both earthy and elegant.
▪ The wine was making her heady, but she let him refill her glass.
▪ This is a heady prospect, the more so during a recession.
▪ This is all pretty heady stuff.
▪ You kids must miss an awful lot in your eagerness to sip the heady cup of life, as your grandfather used to say.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Heady \Head"y\ (h[e^]d"[y^]), a. [From Head.]

  1. 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.
    --Sir W. Temple.

  2. Apt to affect the head; intoxicating; strong.

    The liquor is too heady.

  3. Violent; impetuous. ``A heady currance.''

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., "headstrong, hasty, impetuous," from head (n.) + adj. suffix -y (2). First recorded 1570s in sense of "apt to go to the head."


a. 1 intoxicating or stupefying 2 tending to upset the mind or senses 3 exhilarating 4 intellectual 5 rash or impetuous

  1. adj. extremely exciting as if by alcohol or a narcotic [syn: intoxicating]

  2. [also: headiest, headier]


Heady is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Brett Heady (born 1970), Australian rules footballer
  • Harold Franklin Heady (1916–2011), American forester and ecologist
  • Ray E. Heady (1916–2002), American clergyman

Usage examples of "heady".

Feeling heady from the bug juice I summoned my throng of Lesser Animalia and assembled the philharmonic orchestra.

And all, young and old alike, loved nothing more than listening to their hideous, screechy music played by men given the task and made listenable only after numerous bowls of sour, heady beer, which they brewed in vast quantities in great wooden tubs and then drank until inebriation either put them to sleep or stirred their blood and made them contentious and brawly.

And then of course there was the wine, the excitement, the heady feeling that came with signing all those books in that strange Dickensian shop.

James himself was something of a drinker - he liked the heady, sweet malmseys from southern Greece, a featherbed of a drink - but there was no keeping up with Christian and his Danes.

Then as others beckoned her with raised glasses and gaping grins, she moved hesitantly about the table, carefully filling the goblets with the thick, heady brew.

Rachel inhaled the strong scent of him, a scent headier than any expensive perfume Lane had ever bought for her.

Drenched in the scent of their lovemaking, she breathed it in, the musky odor headier than the most expensive Parisian perfume.

I enjoyed very much working for the First Lady, but I missed the old West Wing and its headier concerns, its moods, its crises, its air of excitement, of puissance.

In the distance he could hear laughter and music, and a scent of flowers and something even headier came to him on the warm breeze.

As she made her way across the room she heard the tinkle of ice cubes against his glass, and as she stepped out she smelled the pennyroyal, chamomile and feverfew crushed underfoot, and headier now than in the morning.

It had been a heady moment, made all the headier by the first money she had ever owned.

The moors stretched away under the racing clouds, hummocky and drenched, grown over with dense stands of waist-high bracken and purple islands of springy headier, slashed with fast-running peaty streams and dotted with stands of windblasted juniper and cypress and bright green domes of bog moss.

As usual after being submerged, the air seemed headier, the smells more pronounced.

As, cautiously, the puppets port him down the aisle between the ribbed pews, they are assailed by the delicate aromas of frankincense, ambrosia, and myrrh, along with something headier, reminiscent of the sweet decay of wens and bogs, which may be the odor of the throbbing music.

Riding at the head of a force one hundred thousand strong, ten thousand mounted, was the headiest sensation he ever remembered feeling, an exhilaration that was powerful, almost sexual.