hotshot

[ hot-shot ]
/ ˈhɒtˌʃɒt /
Slang.

adjective

highly successful and aggressive: a hotshot lawyer; a hotshot account exec.
displaying skill flamboyantly: a hotshot ballplayer.
moving, going, or operating without a stop; fast: a hotshot express.

noun Also hot shot (for defs 4, 6).

an impressively successful or skillful and often vain person.
Railroads. an express freight train.
a firefighter.

Nearby words

  1. hotlink,
  2. hotly,
  3. hotplate,
  4. hotpot,
  5. hots,
  6. hotspur,
  7. hotsy-totsy,
  8. hottentot,
  9. hottentot bread,
  10. hottentot fig

Origin of hotshot

First recorded in 1595–1605; hot + shot1

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British Dictionary definitions for hotshot

hotshot

/ (ˈhɒtˌʃɒt) /

noun

informal an important person or expert, esp when showy
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Word Origin and History for hotshot

hotshot

n.

"important person," 1933; see hot + shot (n.). It earlier meant "fast train" (1925), and "reckless person" (c.1600).

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