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hot

adjective \ ˈhät \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of hot

hotter; hottest
1 a : having a relatively high temperature
  • hot and humid weather
  • serving hot meals to the poor
b : capable of giving a sensation of heat or of burning, searing, or scalding
  • working outside in the hot sun
  • fried in hot oil
c : having heat in a degree exceeding normal body heat
  • Your forehead feels hot.
2 a : marked by violence or fierceness : stormy
  • a hot temper
  • a hot battle
; also : angry
  • got hot about the remark
b (1) : sexually excited or receptive
  • It's obvious he's hot for her.
(2) : sexy
  • That guy she's dating is really hot.
c : eager, zealous
  • hot for reform
d of jazz : emotionally exciting and marked by strong rhythms and free melodic improvisations
3 : having or causing the sensation of an uncomfortable degree of body heat
  • hot and tired
  • it's hot in here
4 a : newly made : fresh
  • a hot scent
  • bread hot from the oven
  • hot off the press
b : close to something sought
  • hot on the trail
5 a : suggestive of heat or of burning or glowing objects : very bright
  • hot colors
  • hot pink
b : pungent, peppery
  • hot mustard
  • the hottest chili I've ever tasted
6 a : of intense and immediate interest
  • some hot gossip
b : unusually lucky or favorable
  • on a hot streak
c : temporarily capable of unusual performance (as in a sport)
d : currently popular or in demand
  • She's become one of Hollywood's hottest commodities.
  • a hot item in stores this year
e : very good
  • a hot idea
  • not feeling too hot
f : absurd, unbelievable
  • wants to fight the champ? that's a hot one
7 a : electrically energized especially with high voltage
  • That wire is hot.
b : radioactive
  • hot material
; also : dealing with radioactive material
  • a hot laboratory
c of an atom or molecule : being in an excited state
8 a : recently and illegally obtained
  • hot jewels
  • admitted that the car was hot
b : wanted by the police; also : unsafe for a fugitive
  • made the town too hot for them
9 : fast
  • a hot new fighter plane
  • a hot lap around the track

hotness

noun

hottish

play \ˈhä-tish\ adjective
hot under the collar
: extremely exasperated or angry

Examples of hot in a Sentence

  1. It is hot in the summer and cold in the winter.

  2. The baked potatoes were too hot to handle with our bare hands.

  3. We worked all afternoon in the hot sun.

  4. The chicken was fried in hot oil.

  5. Your forehead feels hot. I think you might have a fever.

  6. I was feeling hot and tired.

  7. a selection of hot beverages

  8. The new toys are so hot that stores can't keep them in stock.

  9. Her new book is a hot seller.

  10. She spoke about the latest hot trends in the computer industry.

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Origin and Etymology of hot

Middle English, from Old English hāt; akin to Old High German heiz hot, Lithuanian kaisti to get hot


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hot

adverb

Definition of hot

1 : hotly
  • the sun shines hot
  • —William Shakespeare
2 : fast, quickly

Examples of hot in a Sentence

  1. workers were working hot and heavy to repair the breach in the levee

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Origin and Etymology of hot

see 1hot


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hot

noun

Definition of hot

1 : a period of relatively high temperature : a period of heat
  • during the hot of the day
2 : one that is hot (such as a hot meal or a horse just after a workout)
3 hots plural : strong sexual desire used with the
  • has got the hots for the new guy in the office

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Origin and Etymology of hot

see 1hot


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hot

verb

Definition of hot

hotted; hotting
transitive verb
chiefly Southern US, south Midland US, and British
: heat, warm usually used with up
  • The controversy has hotted up again.

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Origin and Etymology of hot

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HOT Defined for English Language Learners

hot

adjective

Definition of hot for English Language Learners

  • : having a high temperature

  • : having a feeling of high body heat

  • of food or drink : heated to a hot or warm temperature : served at a hot or warm temperature


HOT Defined for Kids

hot

adjective \ ˈhät \

Definition of hot for Students

hotter; hottest
1 : having a high temperature
  • a hot stove
  • a hot day
2 : having or causing the sensation of an uncomfortably high degree of body heat This sweater is too hot.
3 : having a flavor that is spicy or full of pepper
  • hot mustard
4 : currently popular
  • the hottest fashions
5 : close to something sought
  • Keep looking, you're getting hot.
6 : easily excited
  • a hot temper
7 : marked by or causing anger or strong feelings
  • a hot issue
8 : very angry
9 : recently stolen
10 : recently made or received
  • hot news

hotly

adverb

hotness

noun

Medical Dictionary

hot

adjective \ ˈhät \

medical Definition of hot

hotter; hottest
1 a : having a relatively high temperature
b : capable of giving a sensation of heat or of burning, searing, or scalding
c : having heat in a degree exceeding normal body heat
2 a : radioactive; especially : exhibiting a relatively great amount of radioactivity when subjected to radionuclide scanning
b : dealing with radioactive material


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