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Hedie, adj. Also: headie, -y. [ME. heddy. hedy (c 1500), e.m.E. heady, current in 17th c. Sc.] Headstrong, passionate. — 1573 Cath. Tr. 29/10.
Tratours, hedie, vantars
1641 Baillie I. 392.
So manie of the Parliament men as were suspected might have been headie for the prisoners relief
1653 Soc. Ant. XXIII. 308.
Wee referre it to better judgments to think how prejudiciall it will prowe to my Lord, his wassalls, and tennents, they being (as not long since appeared) a most heady people, dwelling at my Lords oune gate, and most of them his wassalls;
1654 Baillie III. 248.
We must permitt a few headie men to waste our Church with our consent or connivance

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