[uh-fahyuh r]


on fire: to set a house afire.


Origin of afire

Middle English word dating back to 1175–1225; see origin at a-1, fire Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for afire

Contemporary Examples of afire

Historical Examples of afire

  • Her eyes answered him whole-heartedly, for her imagination was afire.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • He was just a-blazing; and whenever he got afire he was most likely to get afire all over.

    Tom Sawyer, Detective

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • The Kasbah was afire; it had been burning since the banquet of the night before.

    The Scapegoat

    Hall Caine

  • Not a glance in his face disclosed passion, but his heart was afire.

    The Scapegoat

    Hall Caine

  • My little heart was afire at the humiliation put upon my mother.

British Dictionary definitions for afire


adverb, adjective (postpositive)

on fire; ablaze
intensely interested or passionatehe was afire with enthusiasm for the new plan
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 afire

c.1200, afure, from a- "on" (see a- (1)) + fire (n.). Figurative use by late 14c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper