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 fierily (audio) \ adverb
fieriness \ ˈfī-​rē-​nəs How to pronounce fieriness (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

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After a while, this nicely approximates the bottles of fiery sauce that, in the early ’90s, an Amazon River boat tour guide served us with plates of fried piranhas. Los Angeles Times, "L.A. Farmers Market Guide: Cherry Bomb peppers aren’t as explosive as you’d think," 14 Sep. 2019 The debate in general might be more fiery than previous ones because the field is winnowing more rapidly, Jennifer Victor, an associate professor of political science at George Mason University’s Schar School Policy and Government, tells TIME. Madeleine Carlisle, Time, "2020 Democrats Will Face Off on One Stage for the First Time This Week. Here's Everything to Know About the September Debate," 8 Sep. 2019 Both versions of the software show the signs of training on content linked from Reddit, where political debates can be fiery. Tom Simonite, WIRED, "OpenAI Said Its Code Was Risky. Two Grads Recreated It Anyway," 26 Aug. 2019 Shrimp and peanut butter bring a sweet and earthy balance to this fiery sauce that’s built around West African flavors., "Recipe: West African Peanut Shrimp," 31 July 2019 Wings can be tossed in those sauces, fiery Devil’s Nectar sauce, or served dry-rub only. Eric Velasco,, "Meet the crew who makes Birmingham’s barbecue," 3 June 2019 It’s two days celebrating all things hot sauce with plenty of fiery sauces, a Stage of Doom featuring hot sauce competitions, a cocktail competition and the Guinness Book of Records Carolina Reaper eating contest. Jenn Harris,, "The California Hot Sauce Expo is a two-day hot sauce party. Are you ready?," 3 July 2018 Try mixing orange juice with chiles to make a fiery mojo sauce that can be spooned over grilled fish, chicken, and vegetables. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appetit, "How Jodi Moreno Makes Simple Summer Cooking Taste Amazing," 16 May 2018 Among her dozen enchilada offerings: squash and corn, crab and grilled pork with a fiery red sauce. Houston Chronicle, "Tex-Mex and Mexican restaurants to try," 10 May 2018

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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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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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