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

Other Words from fiery

fierily \ ˈfī-​rə-​lē How to pronounce fiery (audio) \ adverb
fieriness \ ˈfī-​rē-​nəs How to pronounce fiery (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
Recent Examples on the Web But whether his fiery speech is protected under the First Amendment is in dispute, say legal experts. Amy Nakamura, USA TODAY, 25 July 2022 As everyone by now has heard the story, Trump was said to be furious that the agents would not take him to the Capitol after his fiery Ellipse speech, and to have grabbed ... Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, 2 July 2022 On that day, Lumumba gave a fiery speech lambasting Belgium’s 75-year colonization of Congo. Reuters, NBC News, 1 July 2022 The fiery crash took place outside Andrews, Texas, when a Dodge 2500 pickup truck traveling southbound drove into the northbound lane and crashed into a Ford Transit passenger van. Greg Wallace And Alaa Elassar, CNN, 14 July 2022 The hearing at the Los Angeles Superior Courthouse was heated with fiery debate among Weingarten and the star’s attorney, Mathew Rosengart. Elizabeth Wagmeister, Variety, 13 July 2022 Howard County police are investigating after a man died in a fiery car crash Wednesday morning in Ellicott City. Ngan Ho, Baltimore Sun, 6 July 2022 The 49-year-old trustee, elected a little more than a year ago, was involved in a fiery June 21 three-vehicle crash in Homer Glen in which her parents were killed. Mike Nolan, Chicago Tribune, 6 July 2022 The issue has provoked fiery debate at school committee meetings and in online forums around the region in recent months, as well as calls and e-mails to principals and school nurses. Globe Staff,, 26 June 2022 See More

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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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31 Jul 2022

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“Fiery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for fiery


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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