flaming

[ fley-ming ]
/ ˈfleɪ mɪŋ /

adjective

emitting flames; blazing; burning; fiery.
like a flame in brilliance, heat, or shape.
intensely ardent or passionate: flaming youth.
Informal. (used as an intensifier) What a flaming idiot!
Informal: Usually Disparaging and Offensive. (especially of a man) blatantly gay: He's a flaming queen!

Nearby words

  1. flameout,
  2. flameproof,
  3. flamer,
  4. flamethrower,
  5. flamines,
  6. flaming sword,
  7. flamingly,
  8. flamingo,
  9. flamingo-flower,
  10. flaminian way

Origin of flaming

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

Related formsflam·ing·ly, adverbun·flam·ing, adjective

Origin of flame

1300–50; (noun) Middle English flaume < Anglo-French, variant of flaumbe; Old French flambe, earlier flamble < Latin flammula, diminutive of flamma flame (see -ule); (v.) Middle English flaumen < Anglo-French flaum(b)er; Old French flamber < Latin flammāre, derivative of flamma

SYNONYMS FOR flame
1. fire. Flame, blaze, conflagration refer to the light and heat given off by combustion. Flame is the common word, referring to a combustion of any size: the light of a match flame. Blaze usually denotes a quick, hot, bright, and comparatively large flame: The fire burst into a blaze. Conflagration refers to destructive flames which spread over a considerable area: A conflagration destroyed Chicago.

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British Dictionary definitions for flaming

flaming

/ (ˈfleɪmɪŋ) /

adjective

burning with or emitting flames
glowing brightly; brilliant
intense or ardent; vehement; passionatea flaming temper
informal (intensifier)you flaming idiot
an obsolete word for flagrant
Derived Formsflamingly, adverb

flame

/ (fleɪm) /

noun

verb

See also flameout

Derived Forms

Word Origin for flame

C14: from Anglo-French flaume, from Old French flambe, modification of flamble, from Latin flammula a little flame, from flamma flame

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Word Origin and History for flaming
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Science definitions for flaming

flame

[ flām ]

The hot, glowing mixture of burning gases and tiny particles that arises from combustion. Flames get their light either from the fluorescence of molecules or ions that have become excited, or from the incandescence of solid particles involved in the combustion process, such as the carbon particles from a candle.
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Idioms and Phrases with flaming

flame

see add fuel to the fire (flames); burst into (flames); fan the flames; go up in flames; shoot down (in flames).

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