noun, often attributive
hot·​shot | \ ˈhät-ˌshät How to pronounce hotshot (audio) \

Definition of hotshot

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

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web For a while, Cloudera was a hotshot, promising businesses to crunch data outside of the scary public cloud—that is, computers hosted off-site—which many IT managers feared as being insecure. Robert Hackett, Fortune, 1 June 2021 Luckily, there are plenty of backpacks with a ton of storage space, as well as some cool features that would greatly benefit a young college hotshot. Tim Kohut, BGR, 17 May 2021 Perhaps the new hotshot quarterback from Ohio State — one of the absolute stunners from the first round of the NFL draft Thursday — will turn out to be the savior who allows coach Matt Nagy and GM Ryan Pace to keep their jobs for a few more years. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, 30 Apr. 2021 The film is the brainchild of Hollywood hotshot Chloe Zhao, but the rising director had a lot of help behind the scenes, specifically from her cinematographer — who also just happens to be her boyfriend. Ineye Komonibo,, 25 Apr. 2021 The novel also zooms in on Nick Brothers, a hotshot lacrosse player there that night but whose involvement is murky. Glamour, 18 Mar. 2021 Starters or a hotshot closer, especially, might bring back some top prospects, even major-league or close-to major-league ready ones. Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle, 15 Mar. 2021 That’s been one of the toughest parts of life in the pandemic — not being able to attend a live show and experience in person the visceral reaction that comes from some hotshot guitarist absolutely melting your face off. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, 13 Feb. 2021 More information has been revealed about the death of Charles Morton, the Big Bear hotshot firefighter who died battling the El Dorado fire in San Bernardino County. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, 29 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of hotshot

1922, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of hotshot was in 1922

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8 Jun 2021

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“Hotshot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of hotshot

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

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