AskDefine | Define headlong

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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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From head + -ling, assimilated to -long


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


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

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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