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
His usual mix of James Brown and Otis Redding was on full, fiery display.
MDA's 2 minute, 37 second video shows the launch of the target IRBM followed by the fiery deployment of THAAD from its installation in Kodiak, Alaska.
Shot by photographer Steven Klein at Brooklyn’s Grand Prospect Hall, with creative director Raúl Martinez, the photograph finds the Lyon family together and stylish as ever, but seemingly ignoring the fiery crisis unfolding behind them.
Last year's runner-up Onofre Chavez and newcomer Andre Roberts each downed 52 of the fiery peppers.
A video has surfaced showing the fiery 2013 crash of a commercial airliner on approach at San Francisco International Airport and a rescue response to the incident that killed three passengers and injured 200 other people.
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.
A lot of this may look tame when set alongside Mr. Trump’s fiery campaign speeches portraying trade as the bane of the American worker.
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.
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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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