headfirst vs headlong what difference

what is difference between headfirst and headlong

English

Etymology

From head +‎ first.

Adverb

headfirst (not comparable)

  1. With the head in front; headlong.
  2. Rashly; precipitately; without deliberation; hastily.

Synonyms

  • (with the head in front): headforemost, headlong

Translations

Adjective

headfirst (not comparable)

  1. With the head in front; headlong.


English

Etymology

From Middle English hedlong, alteration of hedling, heedling, hevedlynge (headlong), assimilated to long. More at headling.

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈhɛdlɒŋ/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈhɛdlɔŋ/
  • (cotcaught merger, Canada) IPA(key): /ˈhɛdlɑŋ/
  • Rhymes: -ɛdlɒŋ
  • Hyphenation: head‧long

Adverb

headlong (not comparable)

  1. With the head first or down.
  2. With an unrestrained forward motion.
    Figures out today show the economy plunging headlong into recession.
  3. Rashly; precipitately; without deliberation, in haste, hastily

Antonyms

  • arselong (UK dialect)

Translations

Adjective

headlong (comparative more headlong, superlative most headlong)

  1. Precipitous.
  2. Plunging downwards head foremost.
  3. Rushing forward without restraint.
  4. (figuratively) Reckless, impetuous.
    • 1869, RD Blackmoore, Lorna Doone, II:
      “Time is up,” cried another boy, more headlong than head-monitor.

Derived terms

  • headlongness
  • headlongs

Translations

Verb

headlong (third-person singular simple present headlongs, present participle headlonging, simple past and past participle headlonged)

  1. (transitive) To precipitate.

Anagrams

  • Hogeland

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