fiery

adjective fi·ery \ ˈfī(-ə)-rē \
Updated on: 5 Dec 2017

Definition of fiery

fierier; fieriest
1 a : 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
2 a : 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
4 a : full of or exuding emotion or spirit
  • a fiery sermon
b : easily provoked : irritable
  • a fiery temper

fierily

play \ˈfī-rə-lē\ adverb

fieriness

play \ˈfī-rē-nəs\ noun

fiery

adverb

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Examples of fiery in a Sentence

  1. He was killed in a fiery crash.

  2. the fiery Yule log made a splendid backdrop for our holiday party

Recent Examples of fiery from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of fiery

Middle English, from fire, fier fire


FIERY Defined for English Language Learners

fiery

adjective

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

fiery

adjective fi·ery \ ˈfī-ə-rē , ˈfīr-ē \

Definition of fiery for Students

fierier; fieriest
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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