hot·​head | \ ˈhät-ˌhed How to pronounce hothead (audio) \

Definition of hothead

: a hotheaded person

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Examples of hothead in a Sentence

Working on the project with such a hothead has been unpleasant.
Recent Examples on the Web Of course, underneath all of Devi’s anger (voiced brilliantly by narrator/hothead extraordinaire John McEnroe) is a lot of sadness, insecurity, and hormonal adolescent anxiety. Kristen Baldwin,, "The best TV shows of 2020… so far," 1 July 2020 Had young Mars been enough of a hothead to fully melt through to its core, as some theories suggested, these rock types would have thoroughly mixed and no traces of the different building blocks would remain today. Popular Science, "Mars might be made of mashed-up baby planets," 2 Apr. 2020 The final element, after original lead singer Al Bryant (Jarvis B. Manning Jr.) proves too much of a hothead, is David Ruffin (Ephraim Sykes), whose heavenly voice elevates their sound. David Rooney, Billboard, "'Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations': Theater Review," 22 Mar. 2019 As a younger man, he was known as a hothead who talked back to cops. oregonlive, "Target of bogus West Linn police investigation says his past doesn’t define him," 3 Mar. 2020 One coach went as far as comparing his antics to famous tennis hothead John McEnroe. Christopher Smith, al, "Expect Auburn to cover the Iron Bowl spread," 25 Nov. 2019 The intensely competitive Bridich can be a hothead. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kiszla: After bummer of bad Rockies season, heat now on GM Jeff Bridich to fix what’s wrong.," 28 Sep. 2019 The food, by the way, is not meant to be particularly hot; the thrill-seeker, however, can request the housemade hot sauce, an explosive habanero concoction that all but the most hardened hothead should use sparingly. Rand Richards Cooper,, "Review: Crave in Ansonia deftly presents vibrant and flavorful Latin American dishes," 15 Nov. 2019 Their traits are parceled out on a one-per-customer basis: Humphrey’s a patsy, King a worrier, Carmichael a hothead and Wallace a weasel. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: In ‘The Great Society,’ Another Presidential Nightmare," 1 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of hothead

1660, in the meaning defined above

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“Hothead.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of hothead

informal : a person who gets angry easily : a hotheaded person


hot·​head | \ ˈhät-ˌhed How to pronounce hothead (audio) \

Kids Definition of hothead

: a person who is easily excited or angered

Other Words from hothead

hotheaded \ -​ˈhed-​əd \ adjective

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