[ hot-rod ]
/ ˈhɒtˈrɒd /

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.

Nearby words

  1. hot-dog,
  2. hot-draw,
  3. hot-foot,
  4. hot-headed,
  5. hot-press,
  6. hot-roll,
  7. hot-short,
  8. hot-spot,
  9. hot-stove league,
  10. hot-swappable

Origin of hot-rod

First recorded in 1945–50

hot rod

noun Slang.

an automobile specially built or altered for fast acceleration and increased speed.

Origin of hot rod

An Americanism dating back to 1940–45 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for hot-rod

  • There was no pity in Mike but would his pride let him hot-rod an eighteen-year-old?

    The Man from Time|Frank Belknap Long

British Dictionary definitions for hot-rod

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with hot-rod

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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