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  1. hot or fiery in spirit or temper; impetuous; rash: Hotheaded people shouldn't drive cars.

  2. easily angered; quick to take offense.

Origin of hotheaded

First recorded in 1635–45; hot + head + -ed3

Other words from hotheaded

  • hot·head·ed·ly, adverb
  • hot·head·ed·ness, noun

Words Nearby hotheaded Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use hotheaded in a sentence

  • Moreover, even in his new home on the banks of the Schuylkill River, Paine appeared a hotheaded radical.

    The Fight Over Common Sense | Sophia Rosenfeld | June 29, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • Kenric thought little of this threat, but it was not long ere the hotheaded young viking put it into execution.

    The Thirsty Sword | Robert Leighton
  • There have been some hotheaded and unfortunate judgments on the part of my family, which report has greatly magnified.

    The Flying Death | Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • The real reason for the visit of my young hotheaded Imperial Master was concealed from me.

    The Secrets of Potsdam | William Le Queux
  • But it was not possible for the dictatorial governor and the hotheaded youth to get along together.

    Bacon's Rebellion, 1676 | Thomas Jefferson Wertenbaker
  • Grandad is among the distillers and Norah is as hotheaded as he.

    A Little Girl in Old Pittsburg | Amanda M. Douglas

British Dictionary definitions for hot-headed


  1. impetuous, rash, or hot-tempered

Derived forms of hot-headed

  • hot-headedly, adverb
  • hot-headedness, noun

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