AskDefine | Define headlong

Dictionary Definition

headlong adj
1 excessively quick; "made a hasty exit"; "a headlong rush to sell" [syn: hasty]
2 with the head foremost; "a headfirst plunge down the stairs"; "a headlong dive into the pool" [syn: headfirst] adv
1 with the head foremost; "the runner slid headlong into third base" [syn: headfirst]
2 at breakneck speed; "burst headlong through the gate" [syn: precipitately]
3 in a hasty and foolhardy manner; "he fell headlong in love with his cousin" [syn: rashly]

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English

Etymology

From head + -ling, assimilated to -long

Adverb

  1. With the head first or down.
  2. With an unrestrained forward motion.

Adjective

  1. Rushing forward without restraint.
  2. Precipitous.
  3. Plunging downwards head foremost.

Derived terms

Extensive Definition

Headlong may refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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