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hothead

[hot-hed]
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noun
  1. an impetuous or short-tempered person.

Origin of hothead

First recorded in 1650–60; hot + head
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hothead

noun
  1. an excitable or fiery person
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for hothead

n.

"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."

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