Definition of headlong adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈhedlɒŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhedlɔːŋ//
    , NAmE//ˈhedlɑːŋ//
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  1. 1with the head first and the rest of the body following synonym head first She fell headlong into the icy pool.
  2. 2without thinking carefully before doing something The government is taking care not to rush headlong into another controversy.
  3. 3quickly and without looking where you are going He ran headlong into a police car.
  4. Word OriginMiddle English headling (from head + the adverbial suffix -ling), altered in late Middle English by association with -long.

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