fiery

adjective
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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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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fiery

adjective

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

fiery

adjective
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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