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
Why is it spelled fiery and not "firey"?
If you find yourself tempted to spell this word "firey," you're relying on sound logic. Fiery was formed by combining the word fire and the "-y" suffix, so it is reasonable to expect that the result would be spelled "firey." At the time that the adjective was coined in the 13th century, however, the spelling of the noun had not yet become standardized. One alternate spelling was "fier." Presumably, it was this spelling that eventually led to English speakers settling on "fiery," even as the lone surviving spelling of the noun turned out to be "fire."
Origin and Etymology of fiery
Middle English, from fire, fier fire
First Known Use: 13th century
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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