[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.
  3. like or suggestive of fire: a fiery red; angry, fiery eyes.
  4. intensely ardent, impetuous, or passionate: fiery courage; a fiery speech.
  5. easily angered or provoked: a fiery temper.
  6. causing a burning sensation, as certain liquors or condiments.
  7. inflamed, as a tumor or sore.
  8. Mining Older Use.
    1. highly flammable.
    2. containing highly flammable gas.

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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

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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