Definition of head over heels in English:

head over heels


  • 1Turning over completely in forward motion, as in a somersault.

    ‘he fell backwards, tumbling head over heels down the steps’
    • ‘As per usual, he tumbled and flipped head over heels in a posing routine that brought the house - and the lights - down one more time.’
    • ‘He tumbled down the incline, head over heels amid falling debris, and thudded against something soft.’
    • ‘Monkey jumped out of the way so quickly that he lost his balance and went tumbling, head over heels, into the brush, the dog in yelping pursuit.’
    • ‘The powerful forearms and shoulders collapsed in full stride sending the lion nose first into the dirt, hind end vaulting upward as the cat tumbled head over heels, its forward momentum carrying it almost to my feet.’
    • ‘She cried out in pain and watched in amazement, as her attacker seemed to fly backward and fall head over heels over her bed.’
    • ‘Do NOT roll head over heels as if doing a forward somersault.’
    • ‘In doing this though he lost his balance and tumbled head over heels out of the window.’
    • ‘She tumbled head over heels right into the arms of a boy.’
    • ‘In his eagerness to greet us, he tumbles down the steps head over heels.’
    • ‘Amy braced, but was still blown backwards by the strong wind, tumbling head over heels and desperately trying to right herself or at least control her movements.’
  • 2Madly in love.

    ‘I immediately fell head over heels for Don’
    • ‘Now my little Desiree has found a young man she has fallen head over heels in love with, they are besotted, spending all their free time with each other, talking in a language only they seem to understand.’
    • ‘I wasn't going to fall head over heels in love with this new cat.’
    • ‘We were emailing, phoning or writing daily, sending each other love songs, head over heels in love and planning our future, both feeling totally alive for the first time in years.’
    • ‘Oblivious to the implications, he falls head over heels in love, embarking on a bitter-sweet romance that will have cataclysmic consequences.’
    • ‘I fell head over heels in love with a wonderful man who I truthfully still love.’
    • ‘It made me think about a lot of relationships I witness on a day to day basis, and in particular the fact that I don't know a single guy who acts like he's head over heels in love with his girlfriend.’
    • ‘All three seem to fall head over heels in love with her (like you do).’
    • ‘I realized that I not only loved him, but I was head over heels in love with him.’
    • ‘And in that mood you can find yourself hankering for a passport back to that time of ultimate innocence, when you first fell head over heels in love with the grand old game.’
    • ‘‘He rang me up straight away, and it was obvious he had fallen head over heels in love with her,’ said Mrs Murphy.’