adjective, hot·ter, hot·test.
- sexually aroused; lustful.
- sexy; attractive.
- (of music) emotionally intense, propulsive, and marked by aggressive attack and warm, full tone.
- (of a musician) skilled in playing hot jazz.
verb (used with or without object), hot·ted, hot·ting.
- hot air,
- hot and bothered,
- hot and heavy,
- hot as blazes,
- hot bed
Origin of hot
Examples from the Web for hotly
One of the most hotly anticipated films of the year is Birdman.Exclusive: Watch a Clip From ‘Birdman,’ Featuring an Award-Worthy Turn by Michael Keaton|Marlow Stern|October 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Disney and Lucasfilm released the hotly anticipated news, along with a photo of the cast doing a table read in London.Lupita Nyong’o Joins ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Cast|Marlow Stern|June 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Common Core Standards Initiative has been hotly debated since it was first introduced in 2009.The Wingnut War On Common Core Is A Plot To Destroy Public Schools|Caitlin Dickson|May 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
First, Hannah visits Adam in his dressing room prior to his hotly anticipated opening night turn in Major Barbara.The Excellent Season 3 Finale of ‘Girls’ Caps Off Its Best Season Yet|Marlow Stern|March 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For the young socialite, who is hotly tipped to marry Prince Harry, appears to be boning up babies.Baby Books Suggest Cressida Bonas Has Babies On The Brain|Tom Sykes|December 5, 2013|DAILY BEAST
"And wreck the house and kill a few people," I returned, hotly resenting the criticism of Kennedy.The Silent Bullet|Arthur B. Reeve
He called a meeting of the neighboring planters, and addressed them hotly on the delay of the governor in coming to their defence.Historical Tales, Vol. 2 (of 15)|Charles Morris
So they turned and ran, hotly pursued, till they were safe in under the guns of the fortress.The Winning of Canada: A Chronicle of Wolf|William Wood
"Men are all brutes," said Lettie, hotly, without looking up from her book.The White Peacock|D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
Our Mounted Infantry were hotly engaged but perfectly steady.With Rimington|L. March Phillipps
adjective hotter or hottest
- very severethe police are hot on drunk drivers
- particularly skilled at or knowledgeable abouthe's hot on vintage cars
Word Origin for hot
Old English hat "hot, flaming, opposite of cold," also "fervent, fierce, intense, excited," from Proto-Germanic *haita- (cf. Old Saxon and Old Frisian het, Old Norse heitr, Middle Dutch and Dutch heet, German heiß "hot," Gothic heito "heat of a fever"), from PIE root *kai- "heat" (cf. Lithuanian kaistu "to grow hot").
The association of hot with sexuality dates back to c.1500. Taste sense of "pungent, acrid, biting" is from 1540s. Sense of "exciting, remarkable, very good" is 1895; that of "stolen" is first recorded 1925 (originally with overtones of "easily identified and difficult to dispose of"); that of "radioactive" is from 1942.
Hot flashes in the menopausal sense attested from 1887. Hot air "unsubstantiated statements, boastful talk" is from 1900. Hot stuff for anything good or excellent is by 1889. Hot potato in figurative sense is from 1846. The hot and cold in hide-and-seek or guessing games are from hunting (1640s), with notion of tracking a scent.
In addition to the idioms beginning with hot
- hot air
- hot and bothered
- hot and heavy
- hot as blazes
- hot dog
- hot line
- hot number
- hot off the press
- hot on
- hot potato
- hot rod
- hot seat, in the
- hot stuff
- hot to trot
- hot under the collar
- hot water
- blow hot and cold
- like a cat on hot bricks
- like hot cakes
- make it hot for
- piping hot
- strike while the iron's hot