verb (used without object), hot-rod·ded, hot-rod·ding.
to drive a hot rod.
to drive very fast.
verb (used with object), hot-rod·ded, hot-rod·ding.
to drive (a vehicle) very fast.
to adapt (a vehicle or its engine) for increased speed.
Origin of hot-rod
First recorded in 1945–50
an automobile specially built or altered for fast acceleration and increased speed.
Origin of hot rod
An Americanism dating back to 1940–45
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British Dictionary definitions for hot-rod
a car with an engine that has been radically modified to produce increased power
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Word Origin and History for hot-rod
also hot rod, 1945, American English, from hot + rod, apparently in a sense of "hunk of metal" (the cars also were called hot iron).
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Idioms and Phrases with hot-rod
An automobile modified to increase its speed and acceleration, as in Kids love to tinker with cars and try to convert them into hot rods. [Mid-1900s] Also see hopped up.
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