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adjective, \ˈhät\

Simple Definition of hot

  • : having a high temperature

  • : having a feeling of high body heat

  • of food or drink : heated to a hot or warm temperature : served at a hot or warm temperature

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of hot


  1. 1 a :  having a relatively high temperature b :  capable of giving a sensation of heat or of burning, searing, or scalding c :  having heat in a degree exceeding normal body heat

  2. 2 a :  violent, stormy <a hot temper> <a hot battle>; also :  angry <got hot about the remark> b (1) :  sexually excited or receptive (2) :  sexy c :  eager, zealous <hot for reform> d of jazz :  emotionally exciting and marked by strong rhythms and free melodic improvisations

  3. 3 :  having or causing the sensation of an uncomfortable degree of body heat <hot and tired> <it's hot in here>

  4. 4 a :  newly made :  fresh <a hot scent> <hot off the press> b :  close to something sought <hot on the trail>

  5. 5 a :  suggestive of heat or of burning or glowing objects <hot colors> b :  pungent, peppery

  6. 6 a :  of intense and immediate interest <some hot gossip> b :  unusually lucky or favorable <on a hot streak> c :  temporarily capable of unusual performance (as in a sport) d :  currently popular or in demand <a hot commodity> e :  very good <a hot idea> <not feeling too hot> f :  absurd, unbelievable <wants to fight the champ? that's a hot one>

  7. 7 a :  electrically energized especially with high voltage b :  radioactive; also :  dealing with radioactive material c of an atom or molecule :  being in an excited state

  8. 8 a :  recently and illegally obtained <hot jewels> b :  wanted by the police; also :  unsafe for a fugitive

  9. 9 :  fast <a hot new fighter plane> <a hot lap around the track>

hotness noun
hottish play \ˈhä-tish\ adjective
hot under the collar
  1. :  extremely exasperated or angry

Examples of hot in a sentence

  1. It is hot in the summer and cold in the winter.

  2. The baked potatoes were too hot to handle with our bare hands.

  3. We worked all afternoon in the hot sun.

  4. The chicken was fried in hot oil.

  5. Your forehead feels hot. I think you might have a fever.

  6. I was feeling hot and tired.

  7. a selection of hot beverages

  8. The new toys are so hot that stores can't keep them in stock.

  9. Her new book is a hot seller.

  10. She spoke about the latest hot trends in the computer industry.

Origin of hot

Middle English, from Old English hāt; akin to Old High German heiz hot, Lithuanian kaisti to get hot

First Known Use: before 12th century




Definition of hot

  1. 1 :  hotly

  2. 2 :  fast, quickly

Examples of hot in a sentence

  1. <workers were working hot and heavy to repair the breach in the levee>

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of hot

before 12th century




Definition of hot

  1. 1 :  heat 1d(1) <the hot of the day>

  2. 2 :  one that is hot (as a hot meal or a horse just after a workout)

  3. 3 plural :  strong sexual desire —used with the

13th Century

First Known Use of hot

13th century




Definition of hot


chiefly Southern, southern Midland, & British

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  heat, warm —usually used with up


First Known Use of hot


HOT Defined for Kids


adjective \ˈhät\

Definition of hot for Students


  1. 1 :  having a high temperature <a hot stove> <a hot day>

  2. 2 :  having or causing the sensation of an uncomfortably high degree of body heat <This sweater is too hot.>

  3. 3 :  having a flavor that is spicy or full of pepper <hot mustard>

  4. 4 :  currently popular <the hottest fashions>

  5. 5 :  close to something sought <Keep looking, you're getting hot.>

  6. 6 :  easily excited <a hot temper>

  7. 7 :  marked by or causing anger or strong feelings <a hot issue>

  8. 8 :  very angry

  9. 9 :  recently stolen

  10. 10 :  recently made or received <hot news>

  11. 11 :  radioactive

hotly adverb
hotness noun

Medical Dictionary


adjective \ˈhät\

Medical Definition of hot

hotter; hottest

  1. 1a:  having a relatively high temperatureb:  capable of giving a sensation of heat or of burning, searing, or scaldingc:  having heat in a degree exceeding normal body heat

  2. 2a:  radioactive; especially :  exhibiting a relatively great amount of radioactivity when subjected to radionuclide scanningb:  dealing with radioactive material

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