hot·​head·​ed ˈhät-ˈhe-dəd How to pronounce hotheaded (audio)
: easily angered : fiery, impetuous
hotheadedly adverb
hotheadedness noun

Examples of hotheaded in a Sentence

He wrote a hotheaded letter.
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Word History

First Known Use

1603, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hotheaded was in 1603

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“Hotheaded.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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hot·​head·​ed -ˈhed-əd How to pronounce hotheaded (audio)
: easily angered : rash, fiery
hotheadedly adverb
hotheadedness noun

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