[adjective red-hot; noun red-hot]



Origin of red-hot

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

Examples from the Web for red-hot

Contemporary Examples of red-hot

Historical Examples of red-hot

  • His own skin had sizzled under the red-hot brand, he murmured softly.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • He could have moved it now for nothing short of a gimlet or a red-hot wire.

  • A shower of red-hot stones warned him that he was near the volcano.

    Classic Myths

    Mary Catherine Judd

  • There was something in her that was red-hot, although she was now a middle-aged woman.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • They talked of boxing Augustine's ears when they saw that the stove was red-hot.


    Emile Zola

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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper