Nearby words

  1. hostilely,
  2. hostilities,
  3. hostility,
  4. hostler,
  5. hostly,
  6. hot air,
  7. hot and bothered,
  8. hot and heavy,
  9. hot as blazes,
  10. hot bed


Origin of hot

before 1000; 1920–25 for def 23; Middle English ho(o)t, Old English hāt; cognate with Dutch heet, Old Norse heitr, Swedish het, Danish hed, German heiss

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Examples from the Web for hot

British Dictionary definitions for hot


adjective hotter or hottest

having a relatively high temperature
having a temperature higher than desirable
causing or having a sensation of bodily heat
causing a burning sensation on the tonguehot mustard; a hot curry
expressing or feeling intense emotion, such as embarrassment, anger, or lust
intense or vehementa hot argument
recent; fresh; newa hot trial; hot from the press
ball games (of a ball) thrown or struck hard, and so difficult to respond to
much favoured or approveda hot tip; a hot favourite
informal having a dangerously high level of radioactivitya hot laboratory
slang (of goods or money) stolen, smuggled, or otherwise illegally obtained
slang (of people) being sought by the police
informal sexually attractive
(of a colour) intense; strikinghot pink
close or following closelyhot on the scent
informal at a dangerously high electric potentiala hot terminal
physics having an energy level higher than that of the ground statea hot atom
slang impressive or good of its kind (esp in the phrase not so hot)
jazz slang arousing great excitement or enthusiasm by inspired improvisation, strong rhythms, etc
informal dangerous or unpleasant (esp in the phrase make it hot for someone)
(in various searching or guessing games) very near the answer or object to be found
metallurgy (of a process) at a sufficiently high temperature for metal to be in a soft workable state
Australian and NZ informal (of a price, charge, etc) excessive
give it hot or give it to someone hot to punish or thrash someone
hot on informal
  1. very severethe police are hot on drunk drivers
  2. particularly skilled at or knowledgeable abouthe's hot on vintage cars
hot under the collar informal aroused with anger, annoyance, etc
in hot water informal in trouble, esp with those in authority


in a hot manner; hotly
See also hots, hot up

Derived Formshotly, adverbhotness, noun

Word Origin for hot

Old English hāt; related to Old High German heiz, Old Norse heitr, Gothic heito fever

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Word Origin and History for hot


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Idioms and Phrases with hot


In addition to the idioms beginning with hot

  • hot air
  • hot and bothered
  • hot and heavy
  • hot as blazes
  • hot dog
  • hot line
  • hot number
  • hot off the press
  • hot on
  • hot potato
  • hot rod
  • hot seat, in the
  • hot stuff
  • hot to trot
  • hot under the collar
  • hot water

also see:

  • blow hot and cold
  • like a cat on hot bricks
  • like hot cakes
  • make it hot for
  • piping hot
  • strike while the iron's hot
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