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.
Origin of hot
Examples from the Web for hotness
On the show, she was the epitome of Marilyn Monroe hotness, but subbed loud belches for breathy coos—and then laughed about it.Jenny McCarthy Twerks Out a Stellar ‘The View’ Debut|Kevin Fallon|September 9, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Pair her hotness with her salty mouth, and she will make a great comic or host in the vein of Sarah Silverman or Jenny McCarthy.
Her hotness is diminished,” the magazine says, “when she espouses dumb ideas like defunding Planned Parenthood.Hustler Magazine Sparks Rage With a Rude Image of Pundit S.E. Cupp |Abigail Pesta|May 24, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Their code word for hotness was “poise,” and a handful of women demonstrated a lot of it.
Chadron gave the order with a hotness about him, and an impatience not to be denied.The Rustler of Wind River|G. W. Ogden
On very rare occasions he had described it in the eyes of his dark-eyed heroines, and never without a hotness in his own.Some Persons Unknown|E. W. Hornung
The day in his hotness,The strife with the palm;The night in her silence,The stars in their calm.Lyra Heroica|Various
One is the "degree of electrification," the other, "the degree of hotness."Physics|Willis Eugene Tower
The air brings to the unacclimatised a singing in the ears, a hotness of the eyeballs, and a jumping of the heart.From Sea to Sea|Rudyard Kipling
British Dictionary definitions for hotness
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
Word Origin and History for hotness
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.
Idioms and Phrases with hotness
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