heady

Something that's heady is extremely thrilling. You might have a heady feeling as you walk up on stage to get your high school diploma.

Use the adjective heady to describe a sensation that is so exciting it makes you a little dizzy, a bit like being intoxicated. You could talk about the heady scent of your mom's rose garden or the heady feeling of winning the state spelling bee. The fourteenth century meaning of heady was "headstrong or impetuous," and it's sometimes still used in this way. By the 1570's, it had also come to mean "apt to go to the head," or "exhilarating."

Primary Meanings of heady

1.
adj
extremely exciting as if by alcohol or a narcotic
2.
adj
marked by defiant disregard for danger or consequences
3.
adj
marked by the exercise of good judgment or common sense in practical matters
Full Definitions of heady
1

adj extremely exciting as if by alcohol or a narcotic

Synonyms:
intoxicating
exciting
creating or arousing excitement
2

adj marked by defiant disregard for danger or consequences

Synonyms:
foolhardy, rash, reckless
bold
fearless and daring
3

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

Synonyms:
judicious, wise
prudent
careful and sensible; marked by sound judgment

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