Headlong vs Headfirst - What's the difference?

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As adverbs the difference between headlong and headfirst

is that headlong is with the head first or down while headfirst is with the head in front; headlong.

As adjectives the difference between headlong and headfirst

is that headlong is precipitous while headfirst is with the head in front; headlong.

As a verb headlong

is to precipitate.

headlong

English

Adverb

(-)
  • With the head first or down.
  • With an unrestrained forward motion.
  • Figures out today show the economy plunging headlong into recession.
  • Rashly; precipitately; without deliberation.
  • Antonyms

    * (l) (UK dialect)

    Adjective

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

    Derived terms

    * headlongness * headlongs

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To precipitate.
  • * 1862 , Thomas Adams, The works of Thomas Adams :
  • If a stranger be setting his pace and face toward some deep pit, or steep rock — such a precipice as the cliffs of Dover — how do we cry aloud to have him return ? yet in mean time forget the course of our own sinful ignorance, that headlongs us to confusion.
  • * 1905 , Liberty Hyde Bailey, The outlook to nature :
  • Carriages went up and down in endless pageant. Trolley-cars rushed by, clanging and grinding as they headlonged into the side streets.

    headfirst

    English

    Adverb

    (-)
  • With the head in front; headlong
  • Adjective

    (-)
  • With the head in front; headlong