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Definition of "headlong" []

  • With the head leading; headfirst: The runner slid headlong into third base. (adverb)
  • In an impetuous manner; rashly. (adverb)
  • At breakneck speed or with uncontrolled force. (adverb)
  • Done with the head leading; headfirst: a headlong dive. (adjective)
  • Impetuous; rash. See Synonyms at impetuous. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "headlong" in a sentence
  • "Wild-dog sprang back and whirled away in headlong flight for a score of yards before he learned that he was not pursued."
  • "It is neither heedless of the past or future, nor is it in headlong pursuit of immediate gratification."
  • "Your story could begin headlong rushing into events with everything seeming a blur, the detachment and disjointed conversations from those around the characters; the jaggered edges, the rawness."