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
A touch of both the housemade, fiery jalapeno crema and the smoky chipotle salsa offered in squeeze bottles at the table made all the difference.
The 24-year-old Chicagoan flinched noticeably when the sparks and fire blasted into the air, then made a nervous joke about the fiery fate that almost befell him.
A defiant and angry Darren Vann challenged prosecutors and a Lake County judge to kill him during a fiery court appearance Friday.
The pōhutukawa, a species of myrtle that erupts with fiery crimson flowers during warm weather, is one of New Zealand’s most iconic trees.
Shea Johnson and Emily Dixon engage in a fast series of positions, interlocking limbs and torsos, as if depicting a tempestuous relationship between people with a fiery attraction to each other.
Miami-Dade police on Tuesday identified the drivers involved in a fiery wreck between a police car on a chase and two SUVs over the weekend in Miami Gardens.
Fortunately, such a expensive and fiery system isn't necessary in peacetime when aircraft can simply relocate or be delayed if weather is to be a factor.
Spicer’s briefings have been must-see TV during the start of the Trump era, beginning with his fiery, inaccurate claim that journalists wrongly portrayed the size of Trump’s inauguration audience.
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Origin and Etymology of fiery
Middle English, from fire, fier fire
First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
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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