fire-breath·​ing ˈfī(-ə)r-ˌbrē-t͟hiŋ How to pronounce fire-breathing (audio)
: breathing or appearing to breathe fire : able to produce a stream of fire from the mouth
fire-breathing dragons
: intimidatingly or violently aggressive in speech and manner
a fire-breathing orator
fire-breather noun

Examples of fire-breathing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In stark contrast to the fire-breathing, gold-hoarding dragons of medieval Europe, Chinese dragons were perceived as benevolent creatures. Catherine Duncan, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 Feb. 2024 When: May 16 (Part 1), June 13 (Part 2) Where: Netflix House Of The Dragon Season 2 Buckle up, because the incestuous, violent, fire-breathing Targaryens are back in Season 2 of House Of The Dragon. Olivia Truffaut-Wong,, 27 Dec. 2023 In Adam Rubin's cheeky tale, beastly, fire-breathing creatures are really just misunderstood party monsters, allowing children to conquer their wildest fears. Karen Cicero, Good Housekeeping, 10 July 2023 Tom Stinchfield, Transfix’s co-founder and CRO, describes it as an exhibition space for artworks — interactive, kinetic, illuminated and fire-breathing — that don’t fit into the typical gallery, physically or psychologically. Melinda Sheckells, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of fire-breathing was in 1605

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“Fire-breathing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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