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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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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The memorial also honors the families of the hotshots. Rocky Baier, azcentral, "19 flags and 19 names: Arizona man remembers Yarnell hotshots with front-yard memorial," 30 June 2019 So, maybe the Dolphins, in hiring Flores, will make the teams that went for the unproven offensive hotshots look like fools. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Opinion: NFL hiring trends feel like familiar problem for minority candidates," 25 June 2019 Trevor Zegras, a center from Bedford, N.Y., is another of the NTDP hotshots. Kevin Paul Dupont,, "In NHL draft, top pick may be an American for only the eighth time," 20 June 2019 To keep up with the latest hotshot stirrers and shakers, check out local bartending contests. Birmingham Magazine,, "Food News: new cafes, a healthy food pop-up, and more," 11 June 2019 The current Drivin N Cryin lineup, in addition to Kinney includes classic-era bassist Tim Nielsen, drummer Dave V. Johnson and hotshot guitarist Laur Joamets, formerly with Americana renegade Sturgill Simpson. Matt Wake |,, "Drivin N Cryin is still going ‘Straight to Hell’," 11 June 2019 On the other hand, Chris threatens the cops’ comically cocky hotshot negotiator David (an always-welcome David Ings) into speeding away from the hostage situation. Ariana Romero,, "Black Mirror Season 5, Episode 2 Recap: "Smithereens"," 31 May 2019 If the student wasn’t actually a hotshot athlete, there’d be plenty of chances to catch it. Tyler Kingkade, Town & Country, "College Admissions Has a Fact-Checking Problem. Here's Why.," 24 Mar. 2019 At the time of the Kmart merger, Mr. Lampert was a Wall Street hotshot who was often compared with legendary investor Warren Buffett. Soma Biswas, WSJ, "Sears to Stay Open After Edward Lampert Prevails in Bankruptcy Auction," 16 Jan. 2019

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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

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

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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