Nearby words

  1. hostilely,
  2. hostilities,
  3. hostility,
  4. hostler,
  5. hostly,
  6. hot air,
  7. hot and bothered,
  8. hot and heavy,
  9. hot as blazes,
  10. hot bed


Origin of hot

before 1000; 1920–25 for def 23; Middle English ho(o)t, Old English hāt; cognate with Dutch heet, Old Norse heitr, Swedish het, Danish hed, German heiss

1. cold.

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Examples from the Web for hots

British Dictionary definitions for hots


/ (hɒts) /

pl n

the hots slang intense sexual desire; lust (esp in the phrase have the hots for someone)


/ (hɒt) /

adjective hotter or hottest


in a hot manner; hotly
See also hots, hot up

Derived Formshotly, adverbhotness, noun

Word Origin for hot

Old English hāt; related to Old High German heiz, Old Norse heitr, Gothic heito fever

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Word Origin and History for hots


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Idioms and Phrases with hots


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

also see:

  • 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
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