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[hot-hed] /ˈhɒtˌhɛd/
an impetuous or short-tempered person.
Origin of hothead
First recorded in 1650-60; hot + head Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The probable result of warning would be to drive the hothead to some dire act of foolishness.

    The Triumph of John Kars Ridgwell Cullum
  • A hothead suggested that she should be driven from the town.

    The Magnificent Montez Horace Wyndham
  • But if he insists on forcing battle with a reluctant adversary, he must be a hothead indeed.

    Helmet of Navarre Bertha Runkle
  • He's savin' that hothead kid the blood of a killin' on his hands.

    The Man in the Twilight Ridgwell Cullum
  • The role of firebrand and hothead, drawing villainous knives on frightened boys, would not quite convince his present audience.

    The Varmint Owen Johnson
  • A hothead like you will benefit by a period of quiet meditation.

    Humphrey Bold Herbert Strang
British Dictionary definitions for hothead


an excitable or fiery person
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for hothead

"short-tempered person," 1650s, from hot in the figurative sense + head (n.); Johnson's dictionary also lists hotmouthed "headstrong, ungovernable;" Elizabethan English had hot-brain "hothead" (c.1600); and Old English had hatheort "anger, rage," literally "hot heart."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for hothead



  1. An irascible person; one quick to anger;
  2. A fanatical, emotional person; fiery militant (1660+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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