[ fley-ming ]
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  1. emitting flames; blazing; burning; fiery.

  2. like a flame in brilliance, heat, or shape.

  1. intensely ardent or passionate: flaming youth.

  2. Informal. (used as an intensifier): What a flaming idiot!

  3. Informal: Usually Disparaging and Offensive. (especially of a man) blatantly gay.

Origin of flaming

First recorded in 1350–1400, flaming is from the Middle English word flammande; see flame, -ing2

Other words from flaming

  • flam·ing·ly, adverb
  • un·flam·ing, adjective

Words Nearby flaming

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How to use flaming in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for flaming


/ (ˈfleɪmɪŋ) /

  1. burning with or emitting flames

  2. glowing brightly; brilliant

  1. intense or ardent; vehement; passionate: a flaming temper

  2. informal (intensifier): you flaming idiot

  3. an obsolete word for flagrant

Derived forms of flaming

  • flamingly, adverb

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