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[hed-lawng, -long] /ˈhɛdˌlɔŋ, -ˌlɒŋ/

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

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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