\ ˈhät How to pronounce hot (audio) \
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



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 thehas 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 upI asked the waitress to hot up another slice of pie.

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Other Words from hot


hotness noun
hottish \ ˈhä-​tish How to pronounce hottish (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 Pyrodictium is an archaean that lives in scalding-hot waters off Sicily, near the island of Vulcano, and that uses the reaction between sulphur and hydrogen for energy. Tim Flannery, The New York Review of Books, "In the Soup," 17 Nov. 2020 Despite closing down the showroom in March and April, sales at the luxury car dealership, which have been red-hot in recent months, will top last year’s totals, Willis said. ExpressNews.com, "Express Briefing: COVID creates divide on luxury, used cars sales," 16 Nov. 2020 But the high winds helped neutralize the red-hot Watson (20-of-30, 163 yards, 1 TD, 91.4 rating), who came into the game with 13 touchdowns and two interceptions in his last five games. cleveland, "Nick Chubb carries the Browns to a 10-7 victory over the Texans in his return en route to a 6-3 mark," 15 Nov. 2020 Eckert hoped that a red-hot market might bring in a windfall, ideally from a buyer who might restore the progressive palace, with all profits put into its programs instead of bonuses for executives. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, "Column: In L.A., not every moral crusade over real estate is Darth Vader versus Luke Skywalker," 15 Nov. 2020 Still, the company and its investors, which include SoftBank and Sequoia, were likely tempted by the red-hot stock market and by the surge in rival GrubHub's shares (up 49% this year). Phil Wahba, Fortune, "DoorDash IPO filing shows it could only turn a profit at height of lockdowns," 13 Nov. 2020 Fahrenheit, hot enough to melt asphalt and some steels. Sarah Brookbank, The Enquirer, "Brent Spence Bridge closed for days after truck fire: I-75 traffic detours in place in Ohio, Kentucky," 13 Nov. 2020 Available in fresh colors such as red-hot salsa, the Lodge Cascadian is rated to withstand temperatures as low as -45. Nara Schoenberg, chicagotribune.com, "Canada Goose alternatives: 10 great winter coats that won’t set you back $1000," 12 Nov. 2020 Most beverages are available hot, iced or as a blended Frappuccino. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Starbucks Happy Hour returns: Here's how to get a free drink Thursday, including holiday beverages," 12 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Office are now looking for the hot-footed torch artist. Robert Gearty, Fox News, "Video shows man torching NC business and getting away with his feet on fire," 7 Nov. 2020 The Wildcats stayed sizzling hot in Tuesday’s qualifying phase of the Florida High School Athletic Association championships at Orlando’s Boardwalk Bowl Entertainment Center. Buddy Collings, orlandosentinel.com, "Winter Park girls lead FHSAA state bowling qualifiers," 4 Nov. 2020 The ugly ones would look great hot in a mug with vanilla ice cream before catching the express train to Tummy Town. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "A pumpkin spice celebration for cheesecake lovers," 27 Oct. 2020 But the company also has a long history of offering E-class wagons that have been hot-rodded by AMG. Rich Ceppos, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2021 Mercedes-AMG E63 S Wagon Simply Hauls," 2 Nov. 2020 Initially the room was meant to design the next generation of the hot-selling Model N car. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "Mysterious events, bizarre tales from old Ford plant lead to ghost hunting tours," 29 Oct. 2020 The ugly ones would look great hot in a mug with vanilla ice cream before catching the express train to Tummy Town. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "A pumpkin spice celebration for cheesecake lovers," 27 Oct. 2020 The ugly ones would look great hot in a mug with vanilla ice cream before catching the express train to Tummy Town. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "A pumpkin spice holiday celebration for cheesecake lovers," 21 Oct. 2020 But as the weather cools, the winds will start blowing hot and dry, gusting up to 45 mph in the East Bay hills and North Bay mountains at higher elevations. Michael Cabanatuan, SFChronicle.com, "What next? Scorching temperatures add to region’s woes," 4 Sep. 2020 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, "What Climate Change Can Teach Us About Fighting the Coronavirus," 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, "McAdory outlasts Carver-Birmingham to win 6A girls NW Regional," 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, "Winter gardening issues facing San Antonio yards and what to do about them," 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, "The Climate Anxiety Decade: How We Came to Terms With Our Warming World in the 2010s," 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, "13-year-old girl killed during Cleveland police car chase in East Cleveland, police say," 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, "The Pros and Cons of Buying an Induction Stove or Cooktop," 17 Dec. 2019 Sliced chicken cutlet subs for the pork, long hots add the spice. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Tee’ing up tastes for National Sandwich Day in Orlando," 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, "Atlantic City restaurants: New casinos, diverse independent spots create rising culinary energy," 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, "Young Huh Brings Her Modern-Meets-Traditional Style to a Dollhouse," 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, "remember this name: “Steel Connect, a Waltham holding company," 17 Dec. 2019

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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 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-.


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


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").


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

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“Hot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hot. Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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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 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
\ 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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