\ ˈhät How to pronounce hot (audio) \
hotter; hottest

Definition of hot

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a : having a relatively high temperature hot and humid weather serving hot meals to the poor
b : capable of giving a sensation of heat or of burning, searing, or scalding working outside in the hot sun fried in hot oil
c : having heat in a degree exceeding normal body heat Your forehead feels hot.
2a : marked by violence or fierceness : stormy a hot temper a hot battle also : angry got hot about the remark
b(1) : sexually excited or receptive It's obvious he's hot for her.
(2) : sexy That guy she's dating is really hot.
c : eager, zealous hot for reform
d of jazz : emotionally exciting and marked by strong rhythms and free melodic improvisations
3 : having or causing the sensation of an uncomfortable degree of body heat hot and tired it's hot in here
4a : newly made : fresh a hot scent bread hot from the oven hot off the press
b : close to something sought hot on the trail
5a : suggestive of heat or of burning or glowing objects : very bright hot colors hot pink
b : pungent, peppery hot mustard the hottest chili I've ever tasted
6a : of intense and immediate interest some hot gossip
b : unusually lucky or favorable on a hot streak
c : temporarily capable of unusual performance (as in a sport)
d : currently popular or in demand She's become one of Hollywood's hottest commodities. a hot item in stores this year
e : very good a hot idea not feeling too hot
f : absurd, unbelievable wants to fight the champ? that's a hot one
7a : electrically energized especially with high voltage That wire is hot.
b : radioactive hot material also : dealing with radioactive material a hot laboratory
c of an atom or molecule : being in an excited state
8a : recently and illegally obtained hot jewels admitted that the car was hot
b : wanted by the police also : unsafe for a fugitive made the town too hot for them
9 : fast a hot new fighter plane a hot lap around the track
hot under the collar
: extremely exasperated or angry



Definition of hot (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : hotly the sun shines hot— William Shakespeare



Definition of hot (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : a period of relatively high temperature : a period of heat during the hot of the day
2 : one that is hot (such as a hot meal or a horse just after a workout)
3 hots plural : strong sexual desire used with thehas got the hots for the new guy in the office


hotted; hotting

Definition of hot (Entry 4 of 4)

transitive verb

chiefly Southern US, south Midland US, and British
: heat, warm usually used with upI asked the waitress to hot up another slice of pie.

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Other Words from hot


hotness noun
hottish \ ˈhä-​tish How to pronounce hottish (audio) \ adjective

Examples of hot in a Sentence

Adjective It is hot in the summer and cold in the winter. The baked potatoes were too hot to handle with our bare hands. We worked all afternoon in the hot sun. The chicken was fried in hot oil. Your forehead feels hot. I think you might have a fever. I was feeling hot and tired. a selection of hot beverages The new toys are so hot that stores can't keep them in stock. Her new book is a hot seller. She spoke about the latest hot trends in the computer industry. Adverb workers were working hot and heavy to repair the breach in the levee
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective When the crisis first exploded in March and April in hot spots such as New York City, the situation was so desperate that nurses turned plastic garbage bags into protective gowns. Tim Darnell, ajc, "Georgia tops 100K confirmed coronavirus cases," 8 July 2020 Rapid case increases and hospitalizations have made Arizona now among the worst hot spots in the nation for COVID-19. Alison Steinbach, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona reports 3,653 more COVID-19 cases and 117 more deaths as hospitalizations continue to rise," 8 July 2020 Houston has emerged as one of the nation’s recent hot spots during the pandemic. Fox News, "Texas passes 10,000 confirmed new coronavirus cases in single day," 8 July 2020 The virus’s rampage across the South and West continued to drive up hospitalizations, with patients filling intensive care units and federal health officials moving to shore up testing in hot spots. Joshua Partlow, Washington Post, "It’s America vs. world as coronavirus spreads and hospitalizations rise," 8 July 2020 The Democratic governor said there were several outbreaks across the state that officials found to be directly tied to travel to other hot spots, including several cases linked to people who attended a wedding in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. USA TODAY, "Nail salons, strip club outbreak, Harvard from afar: News from around our 50 states," 8 July 2020 Brazil, the world’s sixth most populous nation, with more than 210 million people, is one of the global hot spots of the pandemic. Marcelo De Sousa And David Biller, Houston Chronicle, "Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro tests positive for COVID-19," 7 July 2020 When the crisis first exploded in March and April in hot spots such as New York City, the situation was so desperate that nurses turned plastic garbage bags into protective gowns. Author: Geoff Mulvihill, Camille Fassett, Anchorage Daily News, "Protective gear for US medical workers begins to run low again as hospitalizations surge," 7 July 2020 The governor dispatched the Ohio National Guard to assist with the nasal swab tests in Hamilton County and other hot spots. Jessie Balmert, The Enquirer, "Hamilton County is red on Ohio's new COVID-19 health alert map. What does that mean for you?," 6 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The most reverent of recipes call for whole-belly quahogs and clam liquor, ingredients that perfume the hot-out-of-the-fryer dough with rich, briny steam. Kat Craddock, Saveur, "Rhode Island Clamcakes—Yes, Crisp Clam Doughnuts—Are the Perfect Taste of Summer," 10 June 2016 He's greeted with a pistol to the temple courtesy of Detective Holcomb's hot-headed partner. Matt Cabral, EW.com, "Perry Mason series premiere recap: Gritty reboot gets off to gruesome start," 22 June 2020 Welter, the plant's shop chairman, is tasked with helping GM get the hot-selling and profitable heavy-duty pickups GM builds back to pre-coronavirus production levels by the end of this month,or sooner. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "UAW members pour into factories to troubleshoot in a push to boost production," 11 June 2020 Bacurau, from Brazilian directors Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles, arrives hot off the festival circuit with a virtual release rollout from Kino Lorber coordinated in league with independent theaters across the country. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What to stream (and skip) on Netflix and Amazon Prime while home this weekend," 27 Mar. 2020 The Golden Eagles came out hot and ended a three-game losing streak with a wire-to-wire, 93-72 victory over short-handed Georgetown on Wednesday night at Fiserv Forum. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Marquette 93, Georgetown 72: Golden Eagles end three-game skid," 26 Feb. 2020 Trailing by 14 with less than five minutes remaining, the Blazers got hot and cut the deficit to five points with 1:31 to play in the game. Evan Dudley, al, "UAB suffers home loss to Southern Miss," 24 Jan. 2020 Patty started getting hot, hit a couple of 3s in a row. Tom Orsborn, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio Spurs rally behind Jakob Poeltl, DeMar DeRozan," 1 Feb. 2020 Milwaukee opened the night hot, blowing the doors off the Celtics by making 6 of 7 three-pointers in the first quarter to take a 16-point lead into the second. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucks 128, Celtics 123: Too close for comfort after most of a 27-point leads slipped away," 16 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Now the consequences are being felt: a three-month-long flood in the Florida Keys, wildfires across a record hot and dry Australia, deadly heat waves in Europe. Somini Sengupta, New York Times, "What Climate Change Can Teach Us About Fighting the Coronavirus," 12 Mar. 2020 Pwell had 12 points, seven rebounds and three blocked s hots, and Laquaria Mays had 12 points – all on 3-pointers – to go with three assists and three steals. Josh Bean | Jbean@al.com, al, "McAdory outlasts Carver-Birmingham to win 6A girls NW Regional," 18 Feb. 2020 The record hot and dry summer left bare ground and stressed lawns — environments that are ideal for opportunistic winter weeds to move in. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "Winter gardening issues facing San Antonio yards and what to do about them," 2 Jan. 2020 The state suffered raging wildfires through the Kenai Peninsula after a record hot, dry summer turned the grass to kindling. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "The Climate Anxiety Decade: How We Came to Terms With Our Warming World in the 2010s," 10 Dec. 2019 Cleveland police updated their car chase policy in 2014, two years after a chase that ended in officers shooting 137 hots at Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams, who were unarmed. Evan Macdonald, cleveland, "13-year-old girl killed during Cleveland police car chase in East Cleveland, police say," 20 Dec. 2019 Since only the pan gets hots, a hot element will never be exposed, preventing fire hazards and the risk of burns in the first place. Nicole Papantoniou, Good Housekeeping, "The Pros and Cons of Buying an Induction Stove or Cooktop," 17 Dec. 2019 Sliced chicken cutlet subs for the pork, long hots add the spice. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Tee’ing up tastes for National Sandwich Day in Orlando," 31 Oct. 2019 The tuna tartare was bountiful and fresh, its creamy layer of avocado warmed by the spice of roasted Italian long hots. Craig Laban, Philly.com, "Atlantic City restaurants: New casinos, diverse independent spots create rising culinary energy," 6 July 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb So, she hot glued them to a piece of twine and strung it across the ceiling. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Young Huh Brings Her Modern-Meets-Traditional Style to a Dollhouse," 24 Dec. 2019 The holding company – which traces its roots to hot the ’90s Web firm CMGI — consists of two units today, one in supply chain management and the other in direct marketing. BostonGlobe.com, "remember this name: “Steel Connect, a Waltham holding company," 17 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of hot


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hot


Middle English hot, hoot, (northern) hat, going back to Old English hāt, going back to Germanic *haita- (whence also Old Frisian & Old Saxon hēt "having a high temperature, burning," Old High German heiz, Old Norse heitr), of uncertain origin

Note: For Germanic verb and noun derivatives of *haita- see heat entry 1, heat entry 2. The Early Modern English shortening of Middle English long open o in hot has been explained as influence of the comparative and superlative forms, but this does not appear to have occurred in analogous cases. The Germanic adjective *haita-, from a presumed pre-Germanic *koid-, is reflected in other ablaut variants, as Gothic heito "fever," from *hītōn- (from *keid-) and a zero grade in Old Frisian hette, hitte "heat," Old High German hizzea, hizza (from *kid-); all these may reflect an unattested strong verb *hītan-. Traditionally the base *keid- has been connected by means of a "root extension" *-d- with Old High German hei, gehei, geheige "heat, drought," Middle Dutch hei "hot, dry," from a presumed Indo-European verb base *kei- "burn, heat" (in earlier literature *kai-, though there appears to be no reason to posit such a vocalism). These forms have in turn been compared with a series of Baltic words (as Lithuanian kaičiù, kaĩsti "to heat," kaistù, kaĩsti "to become hot"), from *koit- with a different root extension -t-.


Middle English hot, hote, hoote, going back to Old English hāte, derivative of hāt hot entry 1


derivative of hot entry 1

Note: Frequently nominalized as a pair with cold entry 1 (the nominal equivalent of which is identical with the adjective), a connection that goes back to Old English ("hat and ceald").


Middle English hoten, going back to Old English hātian, gehātian, derivative of hāt hot entry 1

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“Hot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hot. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of hot

: having a high temperature
: having a feeling of high body heat
of food or drink : heated to a hot or warm temperature : served at a hot or warm temperature
\ ˈhät How to pronounce hot (audio) \
hotter; hottest

Kids Definition of hot

1 : having a high temperature a hot stove a hot day
2 : having or causing the sensation of an uncomfortably high degree of body heat This sweater is too hot.
3 : having a flavor that is spicy or full of pepper hot mustard
4 : currently popular the hottest fashions
5 : close to something sought Keep looking, you're getting hot.
6 : easily excited a hot temper
7 : marked by or causing anger or strong feelings a hot issue
8 : very angry
9 : recently stolen
10 : recently made or received hot news

Other Words from hot

hotly adverb
hotness noun
\ ˈhät How to pronounce hot (audio) \
hotter; hottest

Medical Definition of hot

1a : having a relatively high temperature
b : capable of giving a sensation of heat or of burning, searing, or scalding
c : having heat in a degree exceeding normal body heat
2a : radioactive especially : exhibiting a relatively great amount of radioactivity when subjected to radionuclide scanning
b : dealing with radioactive material

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