[ adjective red-hot; noun red-hot ]
/ adjective ˈrɛdˈhɒt; noun ˈrɛdˌhɒt /



Nearby words

  1. red-figure,
  2. red-flag,
  3. red-handed,
  4. red-headed,
  5. red-headed woodpecker,
  6. red-hot poker,
  7. red-lead ore,
  8. red-lead putty,
  9. red-legged partridge,
  10. red-letter

Origin of red-hot

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for red hot



(esp of metal) heated to the temperature at which it glows rediron is red-hot at about 500°C
extremely hotthe stove is red-hot, so don't touch it
keen, excited, or eager; enthusiastic
furious; violentred-hot anger
very recent or topicalred-hot information
Australian slang extreme, unreasonable, or unfairthe charges are red-hot
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Word Origin and History for red hot



late 14c., "heated till it glows red" (of metal, etc.); of persons, "lively, passionate," it is recorded from c.1600. Red-hot mama is 1926, jazz slang, "earthy female singer," also "girlfriend, lover."

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