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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Since Aries is ruled by Mars and is a fire sign, Bite decided to create a limited-edition fiery orange-red. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "Bite Beauty Made a Lipstick for Aries," 20 Mar. 2018 To continue on the theme of influence, think Philip Guston after his turn to Golem-like figures in 1970, but with a sunny, often pastel palette that has nothing to do with Guston’s fleshy pinks, fiery reds and sooty blacks. Charles Desmarais, San Francisco Chronicle, "In the galleries, 3 women’s approach to art and authenticity," 2 Feb. 2018 That’s what makes him so competitive, so fiery, so good. John Shea,, "Giants’ Madison Bumgarner: Baseball rule changes ‘kind of getting out of hand’," 25 June 2018 But all the fiery outrage, the planned protests and the outpouring of sympathy and condolences from concerned friends, colleagues and politicians felt suddenly obsolete to Almansoob and many others Tuesday. Abigail Hauslohner,, "Muslims grapple with ruling that they believe redefines their place in America," 27 June 2018 The comments were striking, especially after fiery rhetoric about Vice President Mike Pence from North Korea temporarily derailed the summit. Maegan Vazquez, CNN, "Giuliani says he hasn't heard from WH about his remark that Kim 'begged' for summit," 7 June 2018 Despite fiery campaign rhetoric, in parliament, Zhirinovsky staunchly totes the Kremlin’s line. Time, "Your Complete Guide to Russia's 2018 Presidential Election," 13 Mar. 2018 Both women were extravagant and adorned their fiery locks with headpieces and jewels., "Margot Robbie & Saoirse Ronan's Orange Wigs Alone Are Oscar-Worthy In Mary Queen Of Scots Trailer," 12 July 2018 The courthouse confrontation was followed by dueling news conferences, fiery speeches and more street protests. Marc Santora, New York Times, "Poland’s Supreme Court in Disarray After Judges Defy Purge," 4 July 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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a state of commotion or excitement

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