- empty, exaggerated, or pretentious talk or writing: His report on the company's progress was just so much hot air.
Origin of hot air
Examples from the Web for hot air
He would ride across the District of Columbia on his black horse, Dan Webster, or survey the countryside from a hot-air balloon.Making Lincoln Sexy: Jerome Charyn’s Fictional President
March 6, 2014
I had my doubts about this one—400 pages on hot-air balloons?Our Mega Fall 2013 Books Preview: 21 Must Reads
Lucas Wittmann, Jimmy So
September 5, 2013
The first time around, there was a hot-air balloon, a lake, and a waterfall.Wedding Bells at N.Y. City Hall
July 25, 2011
The first time around, there was a hot-air balloon, a lake and a waterfall.New York Gets Hitched!
July 24, 2011
Yet somehow, the Nobel committee passed over these worthies; in the hot-air Olympics, America can still bring home the gold.What's Wrong With Winning?
Walter Russell Mead
October 9, 2009
Sometimes the cloth is placed in a hot-air chamber to hasten the drying.Textiles
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 drainage system of a hot-air bath is a most important consideration.
- informal empty and usually boastful talk
Idioms and Phrases with 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]