hot rod


: an automobile rebuilt or modified for high speed and fast acceleration

Examples of hot rod in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Now it’s decided to go after BMW’s M cars and Mercedes-AMG’s hot rods with its own high-performance line: Magma. Alex Kwanten, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 The car’s hot rod–style roof chop may seem sacrilegious to some, but the low-slung Lancia is based on an actual Carrera Panamericana racer that was also lowered in period. Basem Wasef, Robb Report, 27 Jan. 2024 The theme park will feature attractions also located at its first location in Arizona, including two highly immersive Hot Wheels roller coasters, double-looping Hot Wheels Twin Mill Racer and Hot Wheels Bone Shaker, emblazoned with the famous hot rod’s skull design. Carly Caramanna, Travel + Leisure, 21 Mar. 2024 Here's a look at what to expect ahead of the annual hot rod custom car show's return. Jenna Prestininzi, Detroit Free Press, 22 Feb. 2024 Custom cars The show will feature more than 800 custom cars and hot rods. Jenna Prestininzi, Detroit Free Press, 22 Feb. 2024 Like most hot rods, the name smashes together various bits of identity and branding to create both a descriptive moment and a few beats of expectation. Ewan Spence, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 Here are five things to do for the weekend of March 1-3 Detroit Autorama The 71st annual Meguiar’s Detroit Autorama is set to display more than 800 hot rods, customs vehicles, unique trucks, and motorcycles from around the world. Brendel Hightower, Detroit Free Press, 1 Mar. 2024 Close to 50 classic cars and hot rods were also on display for attendees to view. Annika Bahnsen, Orange County Register, 5 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1943, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hot rod was in 1943

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“Hot rod.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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hot rod

: an automobile rebuilt or changed for high speed and fast acceleration

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