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 Another example of its ’60s-era complexity is the way cooling water arrives to keep fiery rocket engine exhaust from melting the stand’s exhaust off-ramp. Lee Roop |, al, "Blue Origin’s big job: Restoring an Apollo test stand in Huntsville," 3 July 2020 Brilliant and ephemeral, Sagittarius' fiery arrow calls to mind the transient beauty of the Aurora Borealis, the northern lights., "Horoscope," 2 July 2020 Ryan Newman, the South Bend native and Purdue graduate who won the 2013 Brickyard 400, was involved in a frightening, fiery crash at the end of the season-opening Daytona 500. Scott Horner, The Indianapolis Star, "6 things to know as NASCAR approaches the Brickyard 400," 1 July 2020 The Vietnam War left a terrible mark on Lee Thorn, searing him with post-traumatic stress disorder from guilty memories of loading bombs onto jets to rain fiery death upon Laos. Taylor Kate Brown,, "Bay Briefing: Are hospitals about to be at risk?," 30 June 2020 Kardashian West debuted the fiery hue with multiple videos and selfies shared on social media. Kaitlyn Frey,, "Kim Kardashian Dyes Her Hair a Fiery Red Hue: 'Do You Love It?'," 29 June 2020 The fear of a potentially violent summer has scared Minneapolis residents still traumatized by Floyd’s death and the chaos that followed, including the fiery protests that burned and destroyed several hundred buildings across the city. Washington Post, "Violence rises in Minneapolis, as debate over role of police rages," 27 June 2020 That was particularly true during the last half of 2020, when Mars, the Planet of Action, spent six months in fiery Aries., "Astrology Predicted The 2020 Revolution. Here’s What’s Coming Next," 24 June 2020 Dallas County commissioners voted 3-2 Friday to pass the mask order — which goes into effect at 11:59 p.m. Friday — after a fiery debate. Obed Manuel, Dallas News, "New order requires Dallas County businesses to mandate masks on premises," 19 June 2020

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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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6 Jul 2020

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“Fiery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce fiery (audio)

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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