Definition of fiery
1a : consisting of fire fiery tongues playing about the roof of the burning buildingb : marked by fire a fiery crashc : using or carried out with fire the fiery experiments of the ancient alchemistsd : liable to catch fire or explode : flammable a fiery vapor
2a : hot like a fire the fiery taste of red pepperb (1) : being in an inflamed state or condition a fiery boil (2) : feverish and flushed a fiery forehead
3 : of the color of fire : red a fiery sunset
4a : full of or exuding emotion or spirit a fiery sermonb : easily provoked : irritable a fiery temper
fierilyplay \ˈfī-rə-lē\ adverb
fierinessplay \ˈfī-rē-nəs\ noun
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Examples of fiery in a Sentence
He was killed in a fiery crash.
the fiery Yule log made a splendid backdrop for our holiday party
Recent Examples of fiery from the Web
Their emancipation will sooner result from the mild & melting influence of Christianity, than the storms & tempests of fiery Controversy.
A man who died in a fiery crash on southbound Interstate 5 in Elk Grove on Wednesday has been identified by the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office as 81-year-old Howard L. Friesen.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders does not usually mince words in his fiery speeches, and his commencement address to Brooklyn College graduates on Tuesday was no exception.
Occasionally repetitive and sloppy, a fiery passion shines through to highlight this vital, complex, difficult to address topic.
BURLINGTON - Counselors are helping students and staff at Burlington High School deal with the loss of three young lives in a fiery car crash.
The White Sox wouldn’t expect anything less from their fiery former ace, who spent the first seven seasons of his career on the South Side, including five as a starter.
Running back Jerick McKinnon joked earlier this week that the practices have been quieter without the fiery Zimmer around.
Authorities on Friday released the name of a man killed in a fiery traffic crash in Tarrant earlier this week.
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Origin and Etymology of fiery
Middle English, from fire, fier fire
First Known Use: 13th century
FIERY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of fiery for English Language Learners
: having or producing fire
of food : tasting very hot and spicy
: having or showing a lot of strong and angry emotion
FIERY Defined for Kids
Definition of fiery for Students
1 : marked by fire a fiery explosion
2 : hot or glowing like a fire
3 : full of spirit a fiery speech
4 : easily angered
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