hot·​head·​ed | \ˈhät-ˈhe-dəd \

Definition of hotheaded 

: easily angered : fiery, impetuous

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Other Words from hotheaded

hotheadedly adverb
hotheadedness noun

Examples of hotheaded in a Sentence

He wrote a hot-headed letter.

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And his singing gained fervor during action scenes, especially when the incensed Roméo kills Tybalt (Bogdan Volkov), Juliette’s hotheaded cousin, in a duel. Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, "Review: Third Tenor’s Not Quite a Charm in the Met’s ‘Roméo’," 24 Apr. 2018 Their rivalry is recreated in this film, with Shia LaBeouf playing the hotheaded Mr. McEnroe and Sverrir Gudnason playing the melancholy Mr. Borg. New York Times, "What’s on TV Thursday: ‘Secret City’ and ‘Blue Valentine’," 5 July 2018 Joe questions his own hotheaded, shoot-from-the-hip nature, especially when age gets in the way of taking action. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Obama and Biden ride again (as detectives!) in the fun mystery, 'Hope Never Dies'," 9 July 2018 That a hotheaded, highborn Southerner killed a working man confirmed Northern fears about the intemperate behavior of Southern defenders of slavery, according to Gugliotta. Robert Mitchell, Washington Post, "A hungry congressman didn’t get the breakfast he ordered. So he shot the waiter.," 23 June 2018 The Caps avoided any hotheaded retaliation and concentrated on a gritty effort that was enough to even the series. Sean Meagher,, "Washington Capitals even Stanley Cup Final at 1-1 with Game 2 win," 31 May 2018 Leo is generally the hotheaded, shoot-first-and-ask-questions-later type; Vincent is more calculating and subtle, preferring to avoid attention and bloodshed whenever possible. The Editors Of Gq, GQ, "A Way Out Review: The Best Two-Player Game in a Very Long Time," 13 Apr. 2018 These early scenes kept reminding me of Asghar Farhadi's Oscar-winning Iranian drama A Separation (2011), which followed the antagonism between a secular family man and a hotheaded Muslim fundamentalist. J.r. Jones, Chicago Reader, "The Insult explores tensions in Lebanon before turning into yet another courtroom drama," 1 Feb. 2018 Ventura's young hotheaded attitude versus Ryan's old-school grit was a match made in heaven for fans. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Ivan 'Pudge' Rodriguez talks about having a front row seat to that Nolan Ryan and Robin Ventura bout," 10 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of hotheaded

1603, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of hotheaded

: easily angered; also : very angry

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