an impetuous or short-tempered person.

Origin of hothead

First recorded in 1650–60; hot + head Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for hothead

Contemporary Examples of hothead

  • A hothead who believes life itself has betrayed him is liable to take even minor perceived disloyalty as treason.

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    Aaron Hernandez’s Terrifying Past

    Michael Daly

    July 22, 2013

  • He, along with his loyal, hothead sidekick, Jem (Jeremy Renner), are members of an elite group of criminals.

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    Prepping for the Oscars on DVD

    Marlow Stern

    January 21, 2011

  • Assange, already known to be somewhat of a hothead, rebuked CNN and King for shameful “tabloid journalism.”

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    15 Classic Larry King Moments

    Sujay Kumar

    December 15, 2010

  • That would be Billy Poe, an ex-football star, 21, out of work, and a bit of a hothead.

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    Men of Steel

    Taylor Antrim

    February 24, 2009

Historical Examples of hothead

  • 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.

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    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



an excitable or fiery person
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for hothead

"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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper