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 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 Throughout his fiery remarks, Bellavia called on the crowd to do more to support the military and to carry the sacrifice of those who died in combat with them every day., 28 May 2021 After a fiery fissure ripped open on Saturday, sending a stream of lava rushing down the mountain’s rocky slopes toward Goma and killing more than two dozen people, scientists and local authorities warned that the danger had not passed. New York Times, 27 May 2021 Brothers Osborne perform a fiery five-song set for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert, recording their intimate gig in the Nashville living room of the duo’s guitar player, John Osborne. Joseph Hudak, Rolling Stone, 26 May 2021 The only building left standing during the fiery assault on Greenwood was Vernon A.M.E. Church, which was damaged, but not destroyed. Star Tribune, 26 May 2021 Designate one corner of the table as a toppings bar, and stock it with spreads like NY Shuk’s Signature Harissa, Stonewall Kitchen’s Roasted Garlic Onion Jam, Brooklyn Delhi’s Sweet Mango Chutney or Fly by Jing’s fiery Sichuan Chili Crisp. Leah Koenig, Forbes, 26 May 2021 Chatterton’s fiery hair, cascading to the floor, exudes an incongruous vigor against a face drained of blood. Thomas Chatterton Williams, Harper's Magazine, 25 May 2021 The Frenchman survived a fiery crash in Bahrain last November that left him with severe scarring on his hands and marked the end of his F1 career., 15 May 2021 One person was killed and another was injured early Saturday in a fiery crash on the outer loop of the Capitol Beltway in Maryland, according to fire officials. Washington Post, 1 May 2021

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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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 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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