afire

adjective or adverb \ ə-ˈfī(-ə)r \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of afire

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

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Origin and Etymology of afire

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



AFIRE Defined for English Language Learners

afire

adjective

Definition of afire for English Language Learners

  • : burning : on fire


AFIRE Defined for Kids

afire

adjective \ ə-ˈfīr \

Definition of afire for Students

1 : being on fire
2 : in a state of great excitement or energy
  • His voice sounded louder and higher, as if he were afire with eagerness and rage.
  • —Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island
  • His mind was afire with ideas.


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