[ fahyuhr-ee, fahy-uh-ree ]
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adjective,fier·i·er, fier·i·est.
  1. consisting of, attended with, characterized by, or containing fire: a volcano's fiery discharge.

  2. intensely hot: fiery desert sands.

  1. like or suggestive of fire: a fiery red; angry, fiery eyes.

  2. intensely ardent, impetuous, or passionate: fiery courage; a fiery speech.

  3. easily angered or provoked: a fiery temper.

  4. causing a burning sensation, as certain liquors or condiments.

  5. inflamed, as a tumor or sore.

  6. Mining: Older Use.

    • highly flammable.

    • containing highly flammable gas.

Origin of fiery

First recorded in 1225–75; Middle English fiery, fury, fery; see fire, -y1

Other words for fiery

Opposites for fiery

Other words from fiery

  • fier·i·ly, adverb
  • fier·i·ness, noun
  • un·fier·y, adjective

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How to use fiery in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for fiery


/ (ˈfaɪərɪ) /

adjectivefierier or fieriest
  1. of, containing, or composed of fire

  2. resembling fire in heat, colour, ardour, etc: a fiery desert wind; a fiery speaker

  1. easily angered or aroused: a fiery temper

  2. (of food) producing a burning sensation: a fiery curry

  3. (of the skin or a sore) inflamed

  4. flammable or containing flammable gas

  5. (of a cricket pitch) making the ball bounce dangerously high

Derived forms of fiery

  • fierily, adverb
  • fieriness, noun

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