Headlong



[hed-lawng, -long] /ˈhɛdˌlɔŋ, -ˌlɒŋ/

adverb
1.
with the head foremost; headfirst:
to plunge headlong into the water.
2.
without delay; hastily:
to plunge headlong into work.
3.
without deliberation; rashly:
to rush headlong into battle.
adjective
4.
undertaken quickly and suddenly; made precipitately; hasty:
a headlong flight.
5.
rash; impetuous:
a headlong denunciation.
6.
done or going with the head foremost:
a headlong dive into the pool.
/ˈhɛdˌlɒŋ/
adverb, adjective
1.
with the head foremost; headfirst
2.
with great haste
adjective
3.
(archaic) (of slopes, etc) very steep; precipitous
adv.

late 14c., in phrase by headlong, from hed “head” (see head (n.)) + adverbial suffix -ling. Altered by folk etymology on pattern of sidelong, etc.

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