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fiery

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adjective fi·ery \ˈfī(-ə)-rē\

Simple Definition of fiery

  • : having or producing fire

  • of food : tasting very hot and spicy

  • : having or showing a lot of strong and angry emotion

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of fiery

fierierfieriest

  1. 1 a :  consisting of fire b :  marked by fire <a fiery crash> c :  using or carried out with fire d :  liable to catch fire or explode :  flammable <a fiery vapor>

  2. 2 a :  hot like a fire b (1) :  being in an inflamed state or condition <a fiery boil> (2) :  feverish and flushed <a fiery forehead>

  3. 3 :  of the color of fire :  red <a fiery sunset>

  4. 4 a :  full of or exuding emotion or spirit <a fiery sermon> b :  easily provoked :  irritable <a fiery temper>

fierily play \ˈfī-rə-lē\ adverb
fieriness play \ˈfī-rē-nəs\ noun
fiery adverb

Examples of fiery in a sentence

  1. He was killed in a fiery crash.

  2. <the fiery Yule log made a splendid backdrop for our holiday party>



Did You Know?

If you find yourself tempted to spell this word "firey," you're relying on sound logic. Fiery was formed by combining the word fire and the "-y" suffix, so it is reasonable to expect that the result would be spelled "firey." At the time that the adjective was coined in the 13th century, however, the spelling of the noun had not yet become standardized. One alternate spelling was "fier." Presumably, it was this spelling that eventually led to English speakers settling on "fiery," even as the lone surviving spelling of the noun turned out to be "fire."

Origin of fiery

Middle English, from fire, fier fire


First Known Use: 13th century


FIERY Defined for Kids

fiery

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adjective fi·ery \ˈfī-ə-rē, ˈfīr-ē\

Definition of fiery for Students

fierierfieriest

  1. 1 :  marked by fire <a fiery explosion>

  2. 2 :  hot or glowing like a fire

  3. 3 :  full of spirit <a fiery speech>

  4. 4 :  easily angered





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