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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The look was equal parts fiery and elegant, with ruffles cascading down the front and a cape trailing in the back, but the see-through element was a wink to Miley's signature risqué style. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Miley Cyrus Stuns in a Sheer Valentino Gown on the Red Carpet Without Liam Hemsworth," 12 Feb. 2019 Clooney mentioned Princess Diana in his previous comments, which is significant because about 20 years ago, after her death, a young Clooney made a fiery speech at the Screen Actors Guild office in Los Angeles. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "George Clooney Defends Meghan Markle: “She’s Been Pursued and Vilified”," 12 Feb. 2019 Some worry about how the president-elect will handle the opposition, as his fiery personality has both delighted and concerned voters. New York Times, "López Obrador, an Atypical Leftist, Wins Mexico Presidency in Landslide," 2 July 2018 There simply aren't enough fiery personalities out there (though Reed is definitely one of them) that give fans something to argue about. Daniel Rapaport,, "Ian Poulter, One of Golf's Most Polarizing Figures, Is Playing Like His Old Self," 13 Apr. 2018 In fact, that fiery personality is why he's appreciated by his coaches and teammates. Stefan Stevenson, star-telegram, "Rangers Reaction: A new dad, a taxed bullpen and Big Bart | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 8 Apr. 2018 Always one of sports more fiery personalities, performing comes naturally to Busch. Dan Gelston, Houston Chronicle, "Kurt Busch aims for repeat as Daytona 500 champ," 10 Feb. 2018 Mayfield’s fiery personality has frequently been on display, including during his team’s game against Kansas when the quarterback was caught on camera making an obscene gesture while yelling expletives at his opponent. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Baker Mayfield pushes back against 'bad boy' perception at Senior Bowl," 23 Jan. 2018 And recently, rather than shocking violet strands or washed out pastel tips, It-girls have turned to a fiery (and surprisingly flattering) shade of red. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "These Celebrities Have Already Embraced 2019's Biggest Hair Color," 14 Dec. 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 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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