\ˈhät \
hotter; hottest

Definition of hot 

(Entry 1 of 4)

1a : 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.

2a : 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

4a : newly made : fresh a hot scent bread hot from the oven hot off the press

b : close to something sought hot on the trail

5a : 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

6a : 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

7a : 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

8a : 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

hot under the collar

: extremely exasperated or angry



Definition of hot (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : hotly the sun shines hot— William Shakespeare

2 : fast, quickly



Definition of hot (Entry 3 of 4)

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


hotted; hotting

Definition of hot (Entry 4 of 4)

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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Other Words from hot


hotness noun
hottish \ˈhä-tish \ adjective

Examples of hot in a Sentence


It is hot in the summer and cold in the winter. The baked potatoes were too hot to handle with our bare hands. We worked all afternoon in the hot sun. The chicken was fried in hot oil. Your forehead feels hot. I think you might have a fever. I was feeling hot and tired. a selection of hot beverages The new toys are so hot that stores can't keep them in stock. Her new book is a hot seller. She spoke about the latest hot trends in the computer industry.


workers were working hot and heavy to repair the breach in the levee
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Because of the Independence Day holiday, authorities are also concerned about the possibility of campfires or fireworks starting new fires because of the dry, hot conditions. Colleen Slevin, The Seattle Times, "Wildfire destroys over 100 Colorado homes ahead of holiday," 3 July 2018 Do those years represent the hottest consecutive summers in Chicago history? Tom Skilling,, "Ask Tom: Were 3 consecutive summers in the 1950s the city's hottest?," 14 July 2018 Current Time 0:00 / Duration 0:56 Royals OF Alex Gordon explains changes to swing Advertisement Since returning from the disabled list, Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon is one of the hottest hitters on the team. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "The State of the Royals, Part 1 of 2: How did they get here?," 12 July 2018 Maikel Franco remained the Phillies’ hottest hitter, slugging a three-run homer in the second inning that gave his team the lead for good. Bob Brookover,, "Enyel De Los Santos' arm and Maikel Franco's bat guide Phillies into first | Extra Innings," 11 July 2018 In stepped Jesus Aguilar, one of baseball’s hottest hitters who also hit a homer earlier in the game. Matthew Defranks,, "A Closer Look: Miami Marlins 4, Milwaukee Brewers 3 (10 innings)," 10 July 2018 Marte has been one of the Diamondbacks’ hottest hitters in recent weeks. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Diamondbacks hopeful Ketel Marte’s injury isn’t serious," 1 July 2018 But also getting a breather was Jesús Aguilar, who just so happens to be the Brewers' hottest hitter of late. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Cardinals 8, Brewers 2: Jhoulys Chacín, offense struggle in a frustrating loss," 24 June 2018 Just one bad day, or running into a hot player during match play, could end Shepherd's week. Clifton Brown, Indianapolis Star, "Center Grove's Erica Shepherd looking for repeat junior title, LPGA future," 14 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

The company’s stock price has been running hot, up more than 40% in just in the last two months on strong signs for memory demand this year. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Micron’s Results Weren’t Quite Chipper Enough," 22 Mar. 2018 But even though corporate profits are running hot, the trade tariffs threaten to cool future expectations. Tom Hudson, miamiherald, "Earnings energy taxed by tariffs," 5 July 2018 Choo made Dylan Covey throw nine pitches to start the game, on a 98-degree night, with some a hot-hitting team sitting in the dugout watching every pitch. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Rangers Reaction: How Gallardo could be pitching himself into Rangers' plans for 2019," 29 June 2018 The rings, which cost $2.75, are extra crunchy around the dark edges and served steaming hot in a white paper bag. Sarah Gish, kansascity, "Batter up: Here are 18 KC-area places to get perfect, golden-fried onion rings," 21 June 2018 Here, the plump puffs of ravioli are filled with a delectable mélange of beef, ricotta and pecorino Romano, then are coated in bread crumbs, fried and served steaming hot with a tangy marinara. Kate Silver,, "You're going where? St. Louis," 19 June 2018 Outdoor Voices’ foray into tennis apparel comes hot on the heels of another tennis-adjacent milestone for the brand: the introduction of the Exercise dress. Ana Colon, Glamour, "Tennis Fashion Is the Trend That's About to Take Over Summer," 13 June 2018 The soundtrack single comes hot on the heels of another Diplo creation. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Diplo, French Montana, Lil Pump & Zhavia Set the 'Party' Ablaze in New Video: Watch," 21 May 2018 Drillers sealed the well, but soon hot, steaming mud began bubbling up around the site. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Volcanoes are awe-inspiring. Here are 7 things to know about them.," 11 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The tuna tartare was bountiful and fresh, its creamy layer of avocado warmed by the spice of roasted Italian long hots. Craig Laban,, "Atlantic City restaurants: New casinos, diverse independent spots create rising culinary energy," 6 July 2018 When an American citizen breaks the law, they are given three hots and a cot behind a locked cell block, period, and they are separated from their children. Fox News, "Watters' Words: The uncivil left," 1 July 2018 Hunter-Reay and Dixon continue on their own mid-season hots streaks. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Josef Newgarden rebounds with win at Road America," 24 June 2018 Yes, that’s right, bicycle delivery didn’t die out after the movie Quicksilver or even after the movie Premium Rush (snarky hot takes aside). Eben Weiss, Outside Online, "Don’t Shoot the (Bike) Messenger," 2 May 2018 The star forward was active in the Pride’s attack, but Morgan finished the match with no hots. Jordan Culver, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando Pride, Utah Royals record 0-0 draw," 9 May 2018 The recipe includes an unselfish cast that lives for the extra pass, a balanced offense that leans on a different hot handed player each game, and a top-five defense nationally. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "March Madness: Five key takeaways from the NCAA tournament's first-round action Saturday," 18 Mar. 2018 Marcel Sabitzer got the hots off to the perfect start and nodded the ball into the back of the net with less than two minutes on the clock., "RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Preview: Classic Encounter, Team News & More," 17 Mar. 2018 Enlisting one of the diner's regular customers, Benny (Azim Rizk), a mechanic who has the hots for her, as an accomplice, Priscilla manages to get away with purloining the loot. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Los Angeles Overnight': Film Review," 9 Mar. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'hot.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of hot


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hot


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


see hot entry 1


see hot entry 1


see hot entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of hot

: 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


\ˈhät \
hotter; hottest

Kids Definition of hot

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

Other Words from hot

hotly adverb
hotness noun


\ˈhät \
hotter; hottest

Medical Definition of hot 

1a : 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

2a : radioactive especially : exhibiting a relatively great amount of radioactivity when subjected to radionuclide scanning

b : dealing with radioactive material

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