hot air

noun Informal.

empty, exaggerated, or pretentious talk or writing: His report on the company's progress was just so much hot air.

Origin of hot air

1835–45 for literal sense Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for hot air

Contemporary Examples of hot air

Historical Examples of hot air

  • Sometimes the cloth is placed in a hot-air chamber to hasten the drying.


    William H. Dooley

  • He stepped through the hot-air curtain and flipped up his faceplate.

    Unwise Child

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • The Spartan bath (Laconicum) was a hot-air bath, like a Turkish bath.

    The Letters of Cicero, Volume 1

    Marcus Tullius Cicero

  • In deference to their opinion I may hereinafter, in places, speak of the hot-air bath.

    The Turkish Bath

    Robert Owen Allsop

  • The drainage system of a hot-air bath is a most important consideration.

    The Turkish Bath

    Robert Owen Allsop

British Dictionary definitions for hot air

hot air


informal empty and usually boastful talk
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Idioms and Phrases with hot air

hot air

Empty, exaggerated talk, as in That last speech of his was pure hot air. It is also put as full of hot air, as in Pay no attention to Howard—he's full of hot air. This metaphoric term transfers heated air to vaporous talk. [Late 1800s]

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