fiery

[fahyuhr-ee, fahy-uh-ree]

adjective, fier·i·er, fier·i·est.


Origin of fiery

First recorded in 1225–75, fiery is from the Middle English word fi(e)ry. See fire, -y1
Related formsfier·i·ly, adverbfier·i·ness, nounun·fier·y, adjective

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Antonyms for fiery

2–4. cool, cold. 4. dispassionate.
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fiery

adjective fierier or fieriest

of, containing, or composed of fire
resembling fire in heat, colour, ardour, etca fiery desert wind; a fiery speaker
easily angered or arouseda fiery temper
(of food) producing a burning sensationa fiery curry
(of the skin or a sore) inflamed
flammable or containing flammable gas
(of a cricket pitch) making the ball bounce dangerously high
Derived Formsfierily, adverbfieriness, noun
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Word Origin and History for fiery
adj.

late 13c., from Middle English fier "fire" (see fire (n.)) + -y (2). The spelling is a relic of one of the attempts to render Old English "y" in fyr in a changing system of vowel sounds. Related: Fieriness.

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