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fiery

[fahyuh r-ee, fahy-uh-ree]
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adjective, fier·i·er, fier·i·est.
  1. consisting of, attended with, characterized by, or containing fire: a volcano's fiery discharge.
  2. intensely hot: fiery desert sands.
  3. like or suggestive of fire: a fiery red; angry, fiery eyes.
  4. intensely ardent, impetuous, or passionate: fiery courage; a fiery speech.
  5. easily angered or provoked: a fiery temper.
  6. causing a burning sensation, as certain liquors or condiments.
  7. inflamed, as a tumor or sore.
  8. Mining Older Use.
    1. highly flammable.
    2. containing highly flammable gas.
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Origin of fiery

First recorded in 1225–75, fiery is from the Middle English word fi(e)ry. See fire, -y1
Related formsfier·i·ly, adverbfier·i·ness, nounun·fier·y, adjective

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3. flaming, flashing, glowing, burning. 4. fervent, vehement, spirited, impassioned.

Antonyms

2–4. cool, cold. 4. dispassionate.
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fiery

adjective fierier or fieriest
  1. of, containing, or composed of fire
  2. resembling fire in heat, colour, ardour, etca fiery desert wind; a fiery speaker
  3. easily angered or arouseda fiery temper
  4. (of food) producing a burning sensationa fiery curry
  5. (of the skin or a sore) inflamed
  6. flammable or containing flammable gas
  7. (of a cricket pitch) making the ball bounce dangerously high
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Derived Formsfierily, adverbfieriness, noun
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Word Origin and History for fiery

adj.

late 13c., from Middle English fier "fire" (see fire (n.)) + -y (2). The spelling is a relic of one of the attempts to render Old English "y" in fyr in a changing system of vowel sounds. Related: Fieriness.

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