[fahyuh r-ee, fahy-uh-ree]
- consisting of, attended with, characterized by, or containing fire: a volcano's fiery discharge.
- intensely hot: fiery desert sands.
- like or suggestive of fire: a fiery red; angry, fiery eyes.
- intensely ardent, impetuous, or passionate: fiery courage; a fiery speech.
- easily angered or provoked: a fiery temper.
- causing a burning sensation, as certain liquors or condiments.
- inflamed, as a tumor or sore.
- Mining Older Use.
- highly flammable.
- containing highly flammable gas.
Origin of fiery
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3. flaming, flashing, glowing, burning. 4. fervent, vehement, spirited, impassioned.
2–4. cool, cold. 4. dispassionate.
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Examples from the Web for fiery
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The fiery first-term conservative won narrowly over Democrat Mike Michaud Tuesday night.Republican Wave Carries Maine Governor Paul LePage to Victory
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The fiery trial through which we pass, will light us down, in honor or dishonor, to the latest generation.Lincoln Was the Founders’ Heir Apparent
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My brother is hot and fiery; Mr Chatterton is rash and headstrong.
Then he raised the marshal's head and gave him a sip of the fiery stuff.Way of the Lawless
It needed but that to add fresh fuel to the fiery mood of the prelate.The White Company
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The other boys did attempt it, however, simply to tease and annoy the fiery Corsican.The Boy Life of Napoleon
Mainwaring was of a sanguine disposition, with fiery temper.Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
- of, containing, or composed of fire
- resembling fire in heat, colour, ardour, etca fiery desert wind; a fiery speaker
- easily angered or arouseda fiery temper
- (of food) producing a burning sensationa fiery curry
- (of the skin or a sore) inflamed
- flammable or containing flammable gas
- (of a cricket pitch) making the ball bounce dangerously high
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Word Origin and History for fiery
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