flam·​ing ˈflā-miŋ How to pronounce flaming (audio)
: resembling or suggesting a flame in color, brilliance, or wavy outline
the flaming sunset sky
flaming red hair
: being on fire : blazing
a flaming torch
: intense, passionate
flaming youth
used as an intensive
you flaming idiot
flamingly adverb

Example Sentences

a fancy restaurant serving eye-catching flaming desserts a flaming speech in support of basic human rights
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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of flaming was in the 14th century

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“Flaming.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flaming. Accessed 31 Mar. 2023.

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