hot

adjective
\ ˈhät How to pronounce hot (audio) \
hotter; hottest

Essential Meaning of hot

1 : having a high temperature hot August nights hot and humid weather See More Examplestaking a hot bath/shower a hot climate/country It is/gets 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/under the hot sun. The chicken was fried in hot oil. Your forehead feels hot. I think you might have a fever. a blazing/sizzling/steaming hot afternoon boiling/burning/fiery hotHide
2 : having a feeling of high body heat I was feeling hot and tired.
3 of food or drink : heated to a hot or warm temperature : served at a hot or warm temperature hot cereal a hot meal a selection of hot beverages

Full 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 of food : having a component (such as capsaicin) that creates a burning or tingling sensation in the mouth : pungent, peppery hot mustard the hottest chili I've ever tasted — see also hot pepper, hot sauce
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

hot

adverb

Definition of hot (Entry 2 of 4)

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

hot

noun

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

hot

verb
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 I asked the waitress to hot up another slice of pie.

Other Words from hot

Adjective

hotness noun
hottish \ ˈhä-​tish How to pronounce hot (audio) \ adjective

Examples of hot in a Sentence

Adjective 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. Adverb workers were working hot and heavy to repair the breach in the levee
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Arizona football players damaged ASU Sun Devil Stadium field before Territorial Cup game Suns Pulse: Red-hot Phoenix looks to tie franchise record for consecutive wins vs. Warriors Kliff Kingsbury to Oklahoma football? Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, 30 Nov. 2021 Contrary to its name, Avalanche has been red-hot this year. Rey Mashayekhi, Fortune, 29 Nov. 2021 Homeowners in Utah’s red-hot housing market are likely familiar with the offer. Connor Sanders, The Salt Lake Tribune, 29 Nov. 2021 Nordstrom has some molten-hot Cyber Monday cookware deals as well. Bon Appétit, 28 Nov. 2021 The Orlando Sentinel actually held a contest back then to come up with a nickname for the red-hot rivalry and had readers submit ideas. Mike Bianchi, orlandosentinel.com, 28 Nov. 2021 In a multitude of pairings, the Martin and Sinatra clans sing, dance and joke their way through a lively series of holiday songs – including some seasonal riffs on hits by Martin, Sinatra and then-red-hot pop star Nancy. Scott Huver, PEOPLE.com, 24 Nov. 2021 His tenor is white-hot, piercing through the orchestra, threatening to burst into flames as Hades, in his sleazy green leisure suit, leers at Eurydice and stretches the syllables of her name into a sinister design. Washington Post, 24 Nov. 2021 Red-hot after a decisive win six days prior against USC, the Ducks score 31 points in a row to close the first half with a 375-96 advantage in total yards. oregonlive, 23 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb There was the Hanley Ramirez Series, where then-Cardinals pitcher Joe Kelly hit the Dodgers’ hot-hitting shortstop in the ribs in the first inning of the first game of the 2013 NLCS and the Dodgers offense never caught its breath. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 6 Oct. 2021 The Dodgers lost hot-hitting outfielder Gavin Lux in the sixth. Beth Harris, ajc, 30 Sep. 2021 Phillippe, 47, who starred as Helen's hot-headed jock boyfriend Barry Cox, also recorded a greeting for the cast, giving his seal of approval. Glenn Garner, PEOPLE.com, 8 Oct. 2021 The Outlander’s classy looking interior design is a step above its corporate cousin, the hot-selling Rogue.. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 3 July 2021 The Outlander’s classy looking interior design is a step above its corporate cousin, the hot-selling Rogue.. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 3 July 2021 Daniel's hot-tempered, one-night stand suffers lingering effects from a childhood accident that haunts her to this day. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, 31 Aug. 2021 Leitner’s sweet mother represented an emotional life raft in a home perpetually on edge because of his hot-tempered, verbally abusive father. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Aug. 2021 In the late sixties, Fleischmann was a hot-tempered revolutionary in the classical world, preaching the message that the modern orchestra could no longer run through the same old repertory for aging subscribers. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 9 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Now the consequences are being felt: a three-month-long flood in the Florida Keys, wildfires across a record hot and dry Australia, deadly heat waves in Europe. Somini Sengupta, New York Times, 12 Mar. 2020 Pwell had 12 points, seven rebounds and three blocked s hots, and Laquaria Mays had 12 points – all on 3-pointers – to go with three assists and three steals. Josh Bean | Jbean@al.com, al, 18 Feb. 2020 The record hot and dry summer left bare ground and stressed lawns — environments that are ideal for opportunistic winter weeds to move in. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, 2 Jan. 2020 The state suffered raging wildfires through the Kenai Peninsula after a record hot, dry summer turned the grass to kindling. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 10 Dec. 2019 Cleveland police updated their car chase policy in 2014, two years after a chase that ended in officers shooting 137 hots at Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams, who were unarmed. Evan Macdonald, cleveland, 20 Dec. 2019 Since only the pan gets hots, a hot element will never be exposed, preventing fire hazards and the risk of burns in the first place. Nicole Papantoniou, Good Housekeeping, 17 Dec. 2019 Sliced chicken cutlet subs for the pork, long hots add the spice. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, 31 Oct. 2019 The tuna tartare was bountiful and fresh, its creamy layer of avocado warmed by the spice of roasted Italian long hots. Craig Laban, Philly.com, 6 July 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb So, she hot glued them to a piece of twine and strung it across the ceiling. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, 24 Dec. 2019 The holding company – which traces its roots to hot the ’90s Web firm CMGI — consists of two units today, one in supply chain management and the other in direct marketing. BostonGlobe.com, 17 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of hot

Adjective

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

Adverb

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

Noun

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

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hot

Adjective

Middle English hot, hoot, (northern) hat, going back to Old English hāt, going back to Germanic *haita- (whence also Old Frisian & Old Saxon hēt "having a high temperature, burning," Old High German heiz, Old Norse heitr), of uncertain origin

Note: For Germanic verb and noun derivatives of *haita- see heat entry 1, heat entry 2. The Early Modern English shortening of Middle English long open o in hot has been explained as influence of the comparative and superlative forms, but this does not appear to have occurred in analogous cases. The Germanic adjective *haita-, from a presumed pre-Germanic *koid-, is reflected in other ablaut variants, as Gothic heito "fever," from *hītōn- (from *keid-) and a zero grade in Old Frisian hette, hitte "heat," Old High German hizzea, hizza (from *kid-); all these may reflect an unattested strong verb *hītan-. Traditionally the base *keid- has been connected by means of a "root extension" *-d- with Old High German hei, gehei, geheige "heat, drought," Middle Dutch hei "hot, dry," from a presumed Indo-European verb base *kei- "burn, heat" (in earlier literature *kai-, though there appears to be no reason to posit such a vocalism). These forms have in turn been compared with a series of Baltic words (as Lithuanian kaičiù, kaĩsti "to heat," kaistù, kaĩsti "to become hot"), from *koit- with a different root extension -t-.

Adverb

Middle English hot, hote, hoote, going back to Old English hāte, derivative of hāt hot entry 1

Noun

derivative of hot entry 1

Note: Frequently nominalized as a pair with cold entry 1 (the nominal equivalent of which is identical with the adjective), a connection that goes back to Old English ("hat and ceald").

Verb

Middle English hoten, going back to Old English hātian, gehātian, derivative of hāt hot entry 1

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More Definitions for hot

hot

adjective
\ ˈhät How to pronounce hot (audio) \
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

hot

adjective
\ ˈhät How to pronounce hot (audio) \
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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