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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. 2018.
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  • He feared no living man, but he was no hothead to be drawn from his purpose.

    A Daughter of Raasay William MacLeod Raine
  • A hothead suggested that she should be driven from the town.

    The Magnificent Montez Horace Wyndham
  • He's savin' that hothead kid the blood of a killin' on his hands.

    The Man in the Twilight

    Ridgwell Cullum
  • A hothead like you will benefit by a period of quiet meditation.

    Humphrey Bold

    Herbert Strang
  • My dear hothead, they are big enough to look out for themselves.

    The Vision Spendid William MacLeod Raine
  • Had I told him, he had disobeyed his orders and shamed his service; he is young yet, and a hothead!

    Told in the East Talbot Mundy
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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