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

Keep scrolling for more

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 The fiery veteran guard responded by looking for any opportunity to operate at full speed, as long as possible, treating his minutes limit like a racecar driver told to drive only a few miles. Houston Mitchell Assistant Sports Editor, Los Angeles Times, "The Sports Report: Cubs sweep doubleheader from the Dodgers," 5 May 2021 No one has forgotten driver Ryan Newman's fiery crash at the 2020 Daytona 500, one of the sport's worst in decades. Morgan Korn, ABC News, "NASCAR says its 'Next Gen' car puts the 'stock' back in stock car racing," 5 May 2021 But when Wickens hit, his car was sent flying into the air and into the catchfence, twisting and spinning, before touching back down on the ground with a fiery thud. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "'My long-term goals haven't changed': Robert Wickens runs laps in IMSA car after Pocono crash," 4 May 2021 Dan Campbell’s fiery introduction as Lions coach included many memorable quotes, none more so than his commitment to biting kneecaps. C.j. Doon,, "2021 NFL draft superlatives: Best pick, biggest reach, most surprising move and more," 3 May 2021 And to lead the bureau into the future, Mr. Biden has nominated a fiery former A.T.F. agent and gun-control activist, David Chipman. New York Times, "How the A.T.F., Key to Biden’s Gun Plan, Became an N.R.A. ‘Whipping Boy’," 2 May 2021 In 1998, Eldridge Cleaver, the fiery Black Panther leader who later renounced his past and became a Republican, died in Pomona, Calif., at age 62., "Today in History," 1 May 2021 The return of a quartet of astronauts from the International Space Station was going to be dramatic enough — a fiery flight through the thickening atmosphere, the deployment of parachutes and then the gentle touchdown in the ocean. Washington Post, "NASA and SpaceX now plan to bring Crew-1 astronauts home in the predawn darkness Sunday," 30 Apr. 2021 Sizable chunks of rock and metal are the most dramatic examples, appearing as brilliant shooting stars during their fiery passage through the upper atmosphere and occasionally reaching the ground to become meteorites. Sarah Derouin, Scientific American, "Antarctic Study Shows How Much Space Dust Hits Earth Every Year," 29 Apr. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'fiery.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about fiery

Time Traveler for fiery

Time Traveler

The first known use of fiery was in the 13th century

See more words from the same century

Listen to Our Podcast about fiery

Statistics for fiery

Last Updated

8 May 2021

Cite this Entry

“Fiery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for fiery



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

More from Merriam-Webster on fiery

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for fiery

Nglish: Translation of fiery for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of fiery for Arabic Speakers

Comments on fiery

What made you want to look up fiery? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Words Used by Nabokov Quiz

  • image1676440788
  • Choose the best definition or synonym for the word in bold: "There are some eructations that sound like cheers—at least, mine did." Lolita
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!


Anagram puzzles meet word search.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!