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hothead

[hot-hed]
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noun
  1. an impetuous or short-tempered person.
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Origin of hothead

First recorded in 1650–60; hot + head
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  • He feared no living man, but he was no hothead to be drawn from his purpose.

    A Daughter of Raasay

    William MacLeod Raine

  • A hothead suggested that she should be driven from the town.

  • He's savin' that hothead kid the blood of a killin' on his hands.

  • A hothead like you will benefit by a period of quiet meditation.

    Humphrey Bold

    Herbert Strang

  • My dear Hothead, they are big enough to look out for themselves.

    The Vision Spendid

    William MacLeod Raine


British Dictionary definitions for hothead

hothead

noun
  1. an excitable or fiery person
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Word Origin and History for hothead

n.

"short-tempered person," 1650s, from hot in the figurative sense + head (n.); Johnson's dictionary also lists hotmouthed "headstrong, ungovernable;" Elizabethan English had hot-brain "hothead" (c.1600); and Old English had hatheort "anger, rage," literally "hot heart."

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