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.

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The scene is both frightening with a threat of violence that could erupt any minute (all the Don’s bodyguards are armed, including his hothead son) and rather funny. Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Mayor of Rione Sanita' ('Il sindaco di Rione Sanita'): Film Review | Venice 2019," 30 Aug. 2019 One of football's hotheads, the 33-year-old has amassed no less than 24 red cards during his time in Spain's top-flight., "Sergio Ramos: 9 Facts About the Real Madrid Stalwart After 14 Years With Los Blancos," 8 Sep. 2019 Indeed, some democrats are urging hothead protesters to rethink their tactics. The Economist, "Hong Kong remains crucially important to mainland China," 8 Aug. 2019 The second season, which dropped on Halloween in 2017, tried hard to capture that original magic with a couple extra twists in the forms of hothead bully Billy (Dacre Montgomery) and his spunky kid sister Max (Sadie Sink)., "TV Review: ‘Stranger Things’ Season 3," 30 June 2019 But embittered hothead Sean is in no mood for building bridges. Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter, "'End of Sentence': Film Review | Edinburgh 2019," 30 June 2019 Lowry, once known as a hothead and a man who seemed destined to take a desultory path through the NBA, became the team’s conscience in this series. Bruce Jenkins,, "To win, Raptors had to stop Stephen Curry — and they did in the end," 13 June 2019 Seeing his extraordinary potential, D'Amato enrolled him in his gym and welcomed him in his home, determined to turn the mercurial hothead into a world champion. Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, "Cannes: Bruce Willis to Play Mike Tyson's Boxing Trainer in 'Cornerman'," 7 May 2018 Even so, Curtiz remained an explosive personality on the sets of his films, earning a reputation as a hothead. Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, "Film / History The Music Box kicks off a season of Michael Curtiz revivals with the silent melodrama A Million Bid," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of hothead

1660, in the meaning defined above

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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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