adjective or adverb

: being on fire : blazing
: being in a state of great excitement or energy
her music set the audience afire

Examples of afire in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Strong winds and clouds in part forced General Curtis LeMay to change tactics by taking his B-29s to lower elevations and dropping incendiary rather than general-purpose bombs, thereby setting Tokyo afire with napalm. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, 18 Oct. 2017

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Word History


Middle English afire, afure, from a- a- entry 1 + fire, fure, dative of fir, fur fire entry 1

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of afire was in the 13th century

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“Afire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

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adjective or adverb
: being on fire

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