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

Recent Examples on the Web

Many lawmakers on the House panel did not show up for the Congressional hearing, sparking a fiery speech from comedian and fund proponent Jon Stewart. Veronica Stracqualursi, CNN, "Funeral for 9/11 responder Luis Alvarez to be held Wednesday," 3 July 2019 The series also depicted the many people who gathered on a local railway bridge miles away from the nuclear power plant to view the fiery explosion on the night of the accident. PEOPLE.com, "How Chernobyl, the Biggest Nuclear Disaster in History, Still Affects Ukraine 33 Years Later," 4 June 2019 The president also met with Nigel Farage, the fiery leader of a pro-Brexit party. Mark Landler, New York Times, "As Trump Dangles Post-Brexit Trade Deal, Some Britons See Opportunism," 4 June 2019 Police reported no injuries or arrests, although images seemed to show one fiery explosion going off near a section of supporters. Samuel Petrequin, The Seattle Times, "7 more teams qualify for Champions League knockout stage," 27 Nov. 2018 Andrew Cossetti, La Salle, catcher: The fiery leader and St. Joseph’s recruit hit .449 with 36 runs and 34 RBIs while earning first-team all-Catholic League honors for the third straight year. Rick O'brien, Philly.com, "Rick O'Brien's 2018 all-Southeastern Pennsylvania baseball team," 16 June 2018 One of Central America's most active volcanos erupted in fiery explosions of ash and molten rock Sunday, killing at least seven people and injuring 20 while a towering cloud of smoke blanketed nearby villages in heavy ash. Sonia Perez D., chicagotribune.com, "At least 7 killed, 20 hurt by erupting volcano in Guatemala," 3 June 2018 Who, if anyone, seems qualified to stall America’s spiraling descent into a fiery wasteland overseen by Trumpian kleptocrats? The New Republic, "Welcome to TNR’s coverage of the Democratic debates.," 26 June 2019 No matter what your sign is, from the moment that Mercury enters this fiery sign on June 26, you are encouraged to express your ideas in creative and even dramatic ways. Erika W. Smith, refinery29.com, "Mercury Is Entering Leo, So Get Ready For Drama," 25 June 2019

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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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