fi·​ery | \ˈfī(-ə)-rē \
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 \ adverb
fieriness \ˈfī-​rē-​nəs \ 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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The transformation marks Hathaway’s initiation into a club of famous Hollywood redheads who have embraced the fiery, eye-catching hue to spectacular effect. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Anne Hathaway Says Hello to Shocking Red Hair—and Goodbye to Girl-Next-Door Brunette," 21 Nov. 2018 This sign is known for its fiery passion, aggressive impulsivity, and competitive nature. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "How Each Zodiac Sign Is Most Likely to Cheat in a Relationship," 30 Apr. 2018 Face to face, though, Kljestan is less fiery passion and more confident compassion. Alicia Delgallo, Pro Soccer USA, "Sacha Kljestan eager to lead Orlando City in new era," 23 Jan. 2018 Pagor also makes a mean carrot margarita ($12), which has all the pungent limey qualities of the original, but also a mouth-watering fiery and savory finish that evokes the sweetness and mineral-rich notes of a carrot freshly plucked from the earth. Michael Nagrant, RedEye Chicago, "Clever Rabbit boasts flavorful cocktails, but veggie-centric dishes lack freshness and seasoning," 18 July 2017 Hours later, officials reported that the devices were shoddily constructed and lacked the detonators necessary for a fiery explosion. Keri Blakinger, Gabrielle Banks And Brooke Lewis, San Antonio Express-News, "Santa Fe community grieves as investigation continues into massacre," 20 May 2018 Lightweights beware: dishes can run from fiery to tongue-numbing. Houston Chronicle, "A taste of Houston's Asian restaurants," 10 May 2018 Now fiery with self-recognition and full of speeches (her own #MeToo moment), Dolores and her loyal comrades take vengeance on human and cyborg alike, setting off to affirm Dolores's vision of a real world that lies beyond Westworld. Hank Stuever,, "'Westworld' gets a needed upgrade in its pretentious quest for the meaning of not-life," 22 Apr. 2018 One of the most fiery pushing matches came when Pelicans guard Rajon Rondo and Blazers forward Zach Collins confronted each other with less than a second left before halftime. William Guillory,, "Pelicans keep composure through feisty Game 4 vs. Portland," 21 Apr. 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, 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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