hot·​ly ˈhät-lē How to pronounce hotly (audio)
: in a hot manner
a hotly contested series

Examples of hotly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The tradition is hotly anticipated by the Chicago Mexican community and by city officials, for wildly different reasons. Ilana Arougheti, Chicago Tribune, 16 Sep. 2023 No topic is more hotly contended in the Condé Nast Traveler office than what constitutes the perfect airport outfit. Lauren Burvill, Condé Nast Traveler, 11 Sep. 2023 Nevada remains a campaign battleground and will be hotly contested again in 2024. Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times, 14 Sep. 2023 Even so, as the dispute was sensationalized by the press, public opinion became hotly divided along class lines, with many of London’s poor taking up Orton’s cause. Sam Sacks, WSJ, 1 Sep. 2023 While the timing of cardio and weights remains hotly contested, the overall well-being benefits of including both in your routine are more established. Cindy Kuzma, SELF, 29 Aug. 2023 The movie, which was bought by Neon at Cannes, is hotly tipped to represent France is the Oscar race. Elsa Keslassy, Variety, 29 Aug. 2023 Official Trailer #1 - Animated Movie Watch on Whether The Nightmare Before Christmas is a fall film or Christmas movie is hotly contested. Claudia Guthrie, ELLE, 28 Aug. 2023 The flowering of music-making in the deep past is hotly debated. Franz Lidz, New York Times, 28 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hotly was before the 12th century

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“Hotly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

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