hot

adjective
\ 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

hot

adverb

Definition of hot (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : hotly the sun shines hot— William Shakespeare
2 : fast, quickly

hot

noun

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

hot

verb
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

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Other Words from hot

Adjective

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

At a time when prize money is a hot topic on the men's player council, would sponsors — who drive prize money — want to get involved with Kyrgios doing all that? Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Larrikin or liability: Is Nick Kyrgios good for tennis?," 5 July 2019 For anyone worried about whether or not the camper has a toilet—a hot topic—a removable cassette toilet sits adjacent to the bed and can be used inside or out. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Custom camper van is a cozy cabin-on-the-go," 2 July 2019 The hot topic around the league is the incidents of fans getting hit by foul balls and extending the protective netting. Jeff Bailey, The Denver Post, "Rockies Mailbag: DJ LeMahieu showing Monfort and Co. they dropped the ball by letting him walk," 2 July 2019 Concerns over his health, velocity and ability to pitch at a high level have been hot topics this season, particularly as the Giants gear up to become sellers at this year’s trade deadline. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Vintage Bumgarner performance reminds Giants why his run has been so special," 30 June 2019 Candidates shouted over each other, all wanting a piece of that hot topic. Margaret Sullivan, Washington Post, "NBC played it smart by getting out of the way when Kamala Harris challenged Joe Biden over race," 28 June 2019 Lawmakers are trying to expand Pawtucket’s eminent domain powers – especially in the downtown area – but the bill has been met with strong opposition from Republicans and was a hot topic on Matt Allen’s radio show Thursday afternoon. Dan Mcgowan, BostonGlobe.com, "What to watch on the last day of the legislative session. Mayor Elorza is off to Hawaii.," 28 June 2019 Spider-Man’s various suits have been a hot topic among fans, especially since Holland will sport some new ones in Far From Home. Ashley Boucher, PEOPLE.com, "Tom Holland Had to Drink Water Through the Eye Hole of His Spider-Man Costume," 27 June 2019 With the Music Modernization Act creating the Mechanical Licensing Collective, black box monies has become a hot topic as the MLC will be responsible to collect those funds that have built up at digital services. Ed Christman, Billboard, "Just How Much Money Is There in Unclaimed Black Box Royalties?," 26 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

The wedding of Britain's Prince Harry and American Meghan Markle is Saturday, May 19, and royal fever is running hot. Autumn Brewington, chicagotribune.com, "5 myths about the British royals," 14 May 2018 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, chicagotribune.com, "You're going where? St. Louis," 19 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, Philly.com, "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. SI.com, "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

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

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hot

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

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hot

adjective

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

hot

adjective
\ 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

hot

adjective
\ 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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