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[awl-fahyuh rd]Informal.
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adjective, superlative all-fired·est.
  1. tremendous; extreme; excessive: He had the all-fired gall to quit in the middle of the job.
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  1. Also all-fired·ly [awl-fahyuh rd-lee, -fahy-rid-] /ˈɔlˌfaɪərd li, -ˌfaɪ rɪd-/. extremely; excessively: Don't be so all-fired sure of yourself.
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Origin of all-fired

First recorded in 1825–35; probably euphemism for hell-fired
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Historical Examples

  • They had received an all-fired good basting, that was sure as sure could be!

    The Downfall

    Emile Zola

  • But what is there so all-fired good about 'em to make 'em sell like that?'

  • It's none o' my business, but you're too all-fired good a man to drink.

    The Wreck of the Titan

    Morgan Robertson

  • It's an all-fired outrage to tell any human creature that he's bound to hell.

  • Then after you get used to the rope wabbling so all-fired fast, you can do it like a mice.

    Back Home

    Eugene Wood

British Dictionary definitions for all-fired


  1. (prenominal) excessive; extreme
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  1. (intensifier)don't be so all-fired sure of yourself!
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Word Origin

altered from hell-fired
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 all-fired


1837, U.S. slang euphemism for hell-fired.

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