[ verb hot-wahyuh r; adjective hot-wahyuh r ]
/ verb ˈhɒtˈwaɪər; adjective ˈhɒtˌwaɪər /

verb (used with object), hot-wired, hot-wir·ing.

Slang. to start the engine of (a motor vehicle) by short-circuiting the ignition.


Electricity, Engineering. depending for its operation on the lengthening or increasing resistance of a wire when it is heated: hot-wire anemometer; hot-wire microphone.

Origin of hot-wire

First recorded in 1950–55 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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(tr) slang to start the engine of (a motor vehicle) by bypassing the ignition switch
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