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  1. excitable; impetuous.
  2. ardent, passionate, or virile.
  3. adventuresome, exciting, or characterized by adventure and excitement.
  4. (of livestock) of superior or pure breeding.
  5. (of horses) being a Thoroughbred or having Arab blood.

Origin of hot-blooded

First recorded in 1590–1600
Related formshot-blood·ed·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of hot-blooded

Historical Examples of hot-blooded

  • He was young, and he was hot-blooded—he was really of the South.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • Dumoulin was hot-blooded, noisy, unmethodical, always in a state of fuss and fume!

    A Nest of Spies

    Pierre Souvestre

  • He had guessed what work it was that the hot-blooded Russian had remained to do.

    The Grell Mystery

    Frank Froest

  • I know he is a hot-blooded old reprobate—that father of yours.


    Henry Seton Merriman

  • Some are born phlegmatic, some are passionate and hot-blooded.

British Dictionary definitions for hot-blooded


  1. passionate or excitable
  2. (of a horse) being of thoroughbred stock
Derived Formshot-bloodedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for hot-blooded

"passionate," 1590s; a relic of medieval physiology theory.

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