fi·​ery | \ ˈfī(-ə)-rē How to pronounce fiery (audio) \
fierier; fieriest

Definition of fiery

1a : consisting of fire fiery tongues playing about the roof of the burning building
b : marked by fire a fiery crash
c : using or carried out with fire the fiery experiments of the ancient alchemists
d : liable to catch fire or explode : flammable a fiery vapor
2a : hot like a fire the fiery taste of red pepper
b(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 sermon
b : easily provoked : irritable a fiery temper

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Other Words from fiery

fierily \ ˈfī-​rə-​lē How to pronounce fiery (audio) \ adverb
fieriness \ ˈfī-​rē-​nəs How to pronounce fiery (audio) \ noun
fiery adverb

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 on the Web Created without tomato paste or corn syrup, its varied heat levels (the spiciest is zesty rather than fiery) come from jalapeno, black, and cayenne peppers., "Ketchup that kicks it up a notch (or three)," 6 Apr. 2021 In 1965, Coltrane, struck by Sanders’s fiery, overblown approach, invited him to join his band. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, "Pharoah Sanders Takes on Electronic Music," 22 Mar. 2021 Kilauea has been in the throes of a fiery, dramatic and sometimes destructive eruptive period for decades now. Eric Mack, Forbes, "Mauna Loa, The World’s Biggest Volcano, Is Waking Up And It’s Time To Prep For An Eruption," 12 Mar. 2021 Spiked with galangal and vinegar, the dish is fiery, slightly sour, and worthy of its name. Jeff Chu, Travel + Leisure, "How a New Generation of Malaysian Chefs Is Evolving the Nation’s Multicultural Cuisine," 1 Mar. 2021 The 23-year-old died in a fiery crash that also claimed the life of his 28-year-old sister, Andrea Moore, and a friend, whose name was not released by the San Joaquin County Medical Examiner's Office. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, "'It's been devastating': GCU coach Bryce Drew grieving the death of beloved player Oscar Frayer," 27 Mar. 2021 The San Joaquin County Medical Examiner’s office on Friday identified the third victim of the fiery car crash near Lodi this week as Caley Bringmann, 21, of Anchorage, Alaska. Meghan Bobrowsky, San Francisco Chronicle, "Third victim in Lodi car crash identified as Alaska resident," 26 Mar. 2021 Federal investigators have concluded pilot error and inadequate engine maintenance led to the fiery 2019 crash of a WWII B-17G bomber plane at Bradley International Airport that killed seven and injured seven more. Zach Murdock,, "Pilot error and lack of maintenance led to deadly crash of WWII-era B-17 bomber at Bradley International Airport, investigators conclude," 23 Mar. 2021 Dramatic video Sunday captured police officers rescuing a passenger from a fiery crash outside Atlanta. NBC News, "Dramatic video captures Georgia officers rescue passenger from fiery crash," 24 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of fiery

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for fiery

Middle English, from fire, fier fire

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14 Apr 2021

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“Fiery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of fiery

: having or producing fire
of food : tasting very hot and spicy
: having or showing a lot of strong and angry emotion


fi·​ery | \ ˈfī-ə-rē How to pronounce fiery (audio) , ˈfīr-ē \
fierier; fieriest

Kids Definition of fiery

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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