\ˈhät \
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

2 : fast, quickly



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 the has 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 up The controversy has hotted up again.

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Other Words from hot


hotness noun
hottish \ˈhä-​tish \ adjective

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.


workers were working hot and heavy to repair the breach in the levee
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The device gets warm to the touch but not crazy-hot. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "Review: Helm Personal Server gets email self-hosting (almost) exactly right," 4 Dec. 2018 Underneath the surface of Earth is a molten-hot mantle upon which our landmasses (tectonic plates) float. Brian Resnick, Vox, "NASA is landing on Mars for the first time since 2012. You can watch!," 23 Nov. 2018 The team hypothesizes fewer seeds will survive on south-facing slopes and at lower elevations since those locations are generally hotter and drier. Kristen Pope, Discover Magazine, "Wildfire Engulfed Yellowstone 30 Years Ago. Its Recovery Could Predict The Future of the West," 12 Nov. 2018 According to a recent report in The Information, the once-hot ride-hailing business is in a bit of a slump. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Lyft hits a major milestone: 1 billion trips," 18 Sep. 2018 According to the Burn Foundation, hot water burns — called scalds — can be life threatening, and can be caused by everyday things like coffee or too-hot tap water. Mckenzie Schwark, Teen Vogue, "Hot Water Challenge Results in Second Degree Burns For One Teen," 30 July 2018 Prepare a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill or preheat a gas grill on high for 15 minutes. Adam Ried,, "Recipes: Switch it up with lamb burgers instead of beef," 13 July 2018 Then, last season, their new-direction rebuilding efforts were stymied by a midseason hot streak that left them on the outside of the tanking race, ultimately forcing them to settle for the 7th pick in the draft. Andrew Sharp,, "Kevin Knox, Wendell Carter Jr., and Midsummer Hope for the Knicks and Bulls," 13 July 2018 Dolla $ign -- who has blossomed into a premier feature artist this year -- continues his hot streak with yet another sticky hook. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, "Fabolous & Ty Dolla $ign Team Up For Summer Banger 'Ooh Yea': Listen," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Halve drained potatoes while still hot and cut green beans into large bite-size pieces. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "Potato Salad Plus Star Power," 2 Aug. 2018 Andy Garcia is the penultimate casting addition, all but extending his role as hot older distinguished gentleman in this summer’s only other good thing, Book Club, to play hot older distinguished hispanic gentleman. Vogue, "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again," 19 July 2018 The company’s stock price has been running hot, up more than 40% in just in the last two months on strong signs for memory demand this year. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Micron’s Results Weren’t Quite Chipper Enough," 22 Mar. 2018 But even though corporate profits are running hot, the trade tariffs threaten to cool future expectations. Tom Hudson, miamiherald, "Earnings energy taxed by tariffs," 5 July 2018 Choo made Dylan Covey throw nine pitches to start the game, on a 98-degree night, with some a hot-hitting team sitting in the dugout watching every pitch. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Rangers Reaction: How Gallardo could be pitching himself into Rangers' plans for 2019," 29 June 2018 The rings, which cost $2.75, are extra crunchy around the dark edges and served steaming hot in a white paper bag. Sarah Gish, kansascity, "Batter up: Here are 18 KC-area places to get perfect, golden-fried onion rings," 21 June 2018 Here, the plump puffs of ravioli are filled with a delectable mélange of beef, ricotta and pecorino Romano, then are coated in bread crumbs, fried and served steaming hot with a tangy marinara. Kate Silver,, "You're going where? St. Louis," 19 June 2018 Outdoor Voices’ foray into tennis apparel comes hot on the heels of another tennis-adjacent milestone for the brand: the introduction of the Exercise dress. Ana Colon, Glamour, "Tennis Fashion Is the Trend That's About to Take Over Summer," 13 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The tuna tartare was bountiful and fresh, its creamy layer of avocado warmed by the spice of roasted Italian long hots. Craig Laban,, "Atlantic City restaurants: New casinos, diverse independent spots create rising culinary energy," 6 July 2018 When an American citizen breaks the law, they are given three hots and a cot behind a locked cell block, period, and they are separated from their children. Fox News, "Watters' Words: The uncivil left," 1 July 2018 Hunter-Reay and Dixon continue on their own mid-season hots streaks. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Josef Newgarden rebounds with win at Road America," 24 June 2018 Yes, that’s right, bicycle delivery didn’t die out after the movie Quicksilver or even after the movie Premium Rush (snarky hot takes aside). Eben Weiss, Outside Online, "Don’t Shoot the (Bike) Messenger," 2 May 2018 The star forward was active in the Pride’s attack, but Morgan finished the match with no hots. Jordan Culver, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando Pride, Utah Royals record 0-0 draw," 9 May 2018 The recipe includes an unselfish cast that lives for the extra pass, a balanced offense that leans on a different hot handed player each game, and a top-five defense nationally. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "March Madness: Five key takeaways from the NCAA tournament's first-round action Saturday," 18 Mar. 2018 Marcel Sabitzer got the hots off to the perfect start and nodded the ball into the back of the net with less than two minutes on the clock., "RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Preview: Classic Encounter, Team News & More," 17 Mar. 2018 Enlisting one of the diner's regular customers, Benny (Azim Rizk), a mechanic who has the hots for her, as an accomplice, Priscilla manages to get away with purloining the loot. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Los Angeles Overnight': Film Review," 9 Mar. 2018

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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, from Old English hāt; akin to Old High German heiz hot, Lithuanian kaisti to get hot


see hot entry 1


see hot entry 1


see hot entry 1

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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 \
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 \
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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