November 03, 2012
headlong (adjective)
\HED-long\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : lacking in calmness or restraint : rash2 : plunging headfirst
How do you use it?
"Oh!" Anne clasped her hands, all athrill with excitement. "And of course you will, Marilla, won't you?" "I haven't made up my mind," said Marilla rather tartly. "I don't rush into things in your headlong way, Anne." (Lucy Maud Montgomery, _Anne of Avonlea_)
Are you a word wiz?

Don't make a headlong rush to any of the answers. Think for a moment, and then tell us which of these words you think has about the same meaning as "headlong."

Though Lucy Maud Montgomery chose the word "headlong" in characterizing Anne, there are other words in English you can use to describe rash behavior. Use "headlong" to stress rashness and lack of forethought, as in "a headlong flight from arrest." Try "abrupt" to imply curtness and a lack of warning or etiquette, such as in "an abrupt refusal." Pick "impetuous" to suggest extreme impatience or impulsiveness, as, for example, in "an impetuous lover proposing marriage." And try "precipitate" to stress lack of careful thought and to imply premature action, as in "the candidate's precipitate withdrawal from the race."
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