Definition of hot
1a : having a relatively high temperature hot and humid weather serving hot meals to the poorb : capable of giving a sensation of heat or of burning, searing, or scalding working outside in the hot sun fried in hot oilc : 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 remarkb (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 reformd 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 pressb : close to something sought hot on the trail
6a : of intense and immediate interest some hot gossipb : unusually lucky or favorable on a hot streakc : 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 yeare : very good a hot idea not feeling too hotf : 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 laboratoryc of an atom or molecule : being in an excited state
8a : recently and illegally obtained hot jewels admitted that the car was hotb : wanted by the police; also : unsafe for a fugitive made the town too hot for them
hottishplay \ˈhä-tish\ adjective
hot under the collar
Examples of hot in a Sentence
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.
Recent Examples of hot from the Web
The investment has steadily driven down the number of days with unhealthy air — but on hot, windless days, a brown haze still hangs overhead, sending wheezing people with tight chests to emergency rooms and hundreds each year to an early grave.
The sign was in the middle of nowhere, in the hot desert, with not a tree in sight.
Last month, Storybook Cosmetics released an eyeshadow palette with shades channeling all of your favorite moments from the film, and last year, Jeffree Star launched a hot-pink highlighter named after North Shore High School's queen bee.
The races happen daily and feature pigs and wiener dogs dressed like hot dogs.
If a hot topic can be linked to Donald Trump or to Russia, Louise Mensch will manage it.
The Israeli prime minister made this admission accidentally — all thanks to a hot mic.
Some of the hottest temperatures of the year are expected to start Thursday and last into the weekend.
That’s when the hottest horse in the world, Arrogate, winner of $17 million and counting, is scheduled to run in the $300,000 San Diego Handicap.
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Origin and Etymology of hot
Middle English, from Old English hāt; akin to Old High German heiz hot, Lithuanian kaisti to get hot
Examples of hot in a Sentence
workers were working hot and heavy to repair the breach in the levee
Definition of hot
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 Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of hot for English Language Learners
: 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
HOT Defined for Kids
Definition of hot for Students
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
Medical Definition of hot
1a: having a relatively high temperatureb: capable of giving a sensation of heat or of burning, searing, or scaldingc: having heat in a degree exceeding normal body heat
2a: radioactive; especially : exhibiting a relatively great amount of radioactivity when subjected to radionuclide scanningb: dealing with radioactive material
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