noun, often attributive
hot·​shot | \ˈhät-ˌshät \

Definition of hotshot 

1 : a fast freight

2 : a person who is conspicuously talented or successful a hotshot lawyer

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Synonyms & Antonyms for hotshot


ace, adept, artist, authority, cognoscente, connoisseur, crackerjack (also crackajack), dab [chiefly British], dab hand [chiefly British], expert, fiend, geek, guru, hand, maestro, master, maven (also mavin), meister, past master, proficient, scholar, shark, sharp, virtuoso, whiz, wizard


amateur, inexpert, nonexpert

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Examples of hotshot in a Sentence

The company has hired a couple of young hotshots to revamp its advertising campaign. That guy thinks he's a real hotshot.

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Jose Luis Cuesta / Getty Images The Saudi Arabian government cannot make any Silicon Valley hotshot do anything. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "In the Tesla drama, Saudi Arabia reminds Silicon Valley of its weight," 13 Aug. 2018 More than a decade later, Chloe is a hotshot New York artist whose portraits of Jon have made her a star. Hannah Orenstein, Vox, "How do you choose an outfit for a fictional character? 5 authors explain.," 12 Sep. 2018 Another hotshot, Brendon McDonough, the only member of the 20-man crew to survive the fatal firestorm in 2013, was not seen at the memorial. Bayan Wang, azcentral, "Prescott, still healing, honors 19 fallen Granite Mountain Hotshots five years later," 30 June 2018 Han, a hotshot speeder driver, and his girlfriend, Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke), are trying to escape their life of slave labor. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Review: 'Solo' gambles (and wins) by not being just another 'Star Wars' movie," 15 May 2018 Prosecutors and defense lawyers have agreed to a plea deal that could allow a former Northern Arizona University professor to serve no more than 13 months in custody for allegedly stalking members of hotshot fire crews. Anne Ryman, azcentral, "Ex-NAU professor accused of stalking hotshot fire crew members takes plea deal," 10 July 2018 The first half of this year's Summerfest drew Sunday to a close with a mix of old favorites (thank you, Nick Lowe and Rick Springfield) and newer hotshots (take a bow, Greta Van Fleet and Hannah Mrozak). Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Best and worst of Summerfest Day 5: Greta Van Fleet, Chromeo, Rick Springfield and more," 1 July 2018 The show follows Martin, an accomplished architect with a wife, a son and hotshot career. Kt Hawbaker,, "Interrobang, now in residence at Rivendell Theatre, announces 2018-19 season," 29 June 2018 Spanish football expert Guillem Balague has suggested that Real Madrid will only make an offer for Liverpool hotshot Mohamed Salah if the Reds beat them in the Champions League final and if the player has an impressive World Cup campaign for Egypt., "Spanish Football Expert Guillem Balague Says Real Madrid Will Only Move for Mo Salah on 2 Conditions," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of hotshot

1922, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of hotshot

: a talented and successful person : someone who is successful or skillful in a showy or flashy way

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