[fahyuhr-ee, fahy-uh-ree]

adjective, fier·i·er, fier·i·est.

Nearby words

  1. fiennes,
  2. fier,
  3. fierce,
  4. fieri facias,
  5. fierstein,
  6. fiery cross,
  7. fiesole,
  8. fiesta,
  9. fiesta de toros,
  10. fiesta taurina

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for fiery

British Dictionary definitions for 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



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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