[ fahyuhr-ee, fahy-uh-ree ]
/ ˈfaɪər i, ˈfaɪ ə ri /

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

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British Dictionary definitions for fiery


/ (ˈfaɪərɪ) /

adjective fierier or fieriest

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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