hot

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adjective

hotter; hottest
1
a
: 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.
2
a
: 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
4
a
: newly made : fresh
a hot scent
bread hot from the oven
hot off the press
b
: close to something sought
hot on the trail
5
a
: suggestive of heat or of burning or glowing objects : very bright
hot colors
hot pink
b
of food : having a component (such as capsaicin) that creates a burning or tingling sensation in the mouth : pungent, peppery
hot mustard
the hottest chili I've ever tasted
see also hot pepper, hot sauce
6
a
: 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
7
a
: 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
8
a
: 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
hotness noun
hottish adjective

hot

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adverb

1
: hotly
the sun shines hot William Shakespeare
2

hot

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noun

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 the
has got the hots for the new guy in the office

hot

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verb

hotted; hotting; hots

transitive verb

chiefly Southern US, south Midland US, and British
: heat, warm
He took her up her supper, saying, "I've hotted the soup, and I found the chicken." Mrs. Henry Dudeney (Alice Louisa Dudenay)
usually used with up
hotted up the kettle… he was sitting by the fire hotting up some of his cider in a saucepan; this he was taking with rosemary to cure his cold. Fred Archer
see also hot up
Phrases
hot under the collar
: extremely exasperated or angry

Example Sentences

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
Global warming was already a hot topic half a century ago when Bert Drake, a retired plant researcher, was starting his career. Jennie Rothenberg Gritz, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Dec. 2022 The journalist Joseph Hart, in a 2007 piece for The Rake, reported that Baker installed a dozen hot-plate ovens in his bungalow apartment to meet demand. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, 30 Nov. 2022 Pour the hot pickling liquid over the vegetables in the bowl and refrigerate for about an hour. Caron Golden, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Nov. 2022 What defines her menu Soups, salads, hot sandwiches, paninis, and the lunch specials every day. Kristine M. Kierzek, Journal Sentinel, 30 Nov. 2022 And then, of course, there is the hot trend of drinking bone broth. Marisa Cohen, Good Housekeeping, 30 Nov. 2022 Your own feelings for someone could volley between hot and cold today. The Astrotwins, ELLE, 30 Nov. 2022 But as Verlander's market appears increasingly hot, further bolstering the offense is the most likely course of action. Michael Shapiro, Chron, 30 Nov. 2022 Randle hit 5-of-8 3-point attempts in the opening period, giving him 17 points and supercharging his overall hot night. Detroit Free Press, 30 Nov. 2022
Adverb
Cold brew, made by steeping coffee in water that is room temperature or colder rather than brewing it hot and adding ice, is also bringing a lot of attention to the genre. Michelle Cheng, Quartz, 2 Oct. 2022 Or areas that are in shade early may still wind up hot from later-day sun. Jan Ellen Spiegel, Hartford Courant, 25 Sep. 2022 Georgina is one of those actors who is white hot on take one, and that’s actually really rare. Brian Davids, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Sep. 2022 Her posable arms provide the brace for a sweet-laden tray hot-glued to her hands. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 12 Sep. 2022 With Trevor Story back from the IL and at second base, the Red Sox want to keep the hot-hitting Arroyo in the lineup. Steve Hewitt, Hartford Courant, 29 Aug. 2022 The club is set to recall hot-hitting Richie Palacios to take Jones’ place on the 26-man roster in a move that could be announced Monday. Joe Noga, cleveland, 21 Aug. 2022 Merrill Kelly pitched around Crawford, who walked, and went after Joey Bart, the hot-hitting catcher who ended the inning on a fly to right. John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 Aug. 2022 In 1978, the Dodgers sent Brito to the Mexican town of Silao to check out a hot-hitting shortstop in a Mexican rookie league. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 8 July 2022
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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 17 Dec. 2019 Sliced chicken cutlet subs for the pork, long hots add the spice. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, 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, 6 July 2018
Verb
So, she hot glued them to a piece of twine and strung it across the ceiling. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, 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, 17 Dec. 2019 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

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-.

Adverb

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

Noun

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").

Verb

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

First Known Use

Adjective

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

Adverb

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

Noun

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

Verb

12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hot was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Hot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hot. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

hot

adjective

ˈhät
hotter; hottest
1
: having a high temperature
2
a
: easily excited : ardent, fiery
hot temper
b
: violent sense 1, raging
a hot battle
c
: eager
hot for reform
3
: feeling or causing an uncomfortable degree of body heat
my forehead is hot
it's hot in here
4
: newly made : fresh
hot scent
also : close to something sought
you're getting hotter
5
: suggestive of heat or of burning or glowing objects
hot spicy foods
hot colors
6
a
: temporarily capable of unusual performance (as in a sport)
b
: currently popular or interesting
a hot topic of conversation
the hot fashions for spring
7
a
: carrying electric current
c
: dealing with radioactive material
8
a
: recently stolen
hot jewels
b
: wanted by the police
hot adverb
hotly adverb
hotness noun

Medical Definition

hotter; hottest
1
a
: 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
2
a
: radioactive
especially : exhibiting a relatively great amount of radioactivity when subjected to radionuclide scanning
b
: dealing with radioactive material

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