red-hot

adjective
\ ˈred-ˈhät How to pronounce red-hot (audio) \

Definition of red-hot

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: extremely hot: such as
a : glowing with heat
b : exhibiting or marked by intense emotion, enthusiasm, or violence a red-hot campaign
c : fresh, new red-hot news
d : extremely popular

red hot

noun

Definition of red hot (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : one who shows intense emotion or partisanship
3 : a small red candy strongly flavored with cinnamon

Examples of red-hot in a Sentence

Noun the inflammatory language favored by the red hots is simply polarizing voters and stifling all dialogue

First Known Use of red-hot

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1835, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Learn More About red-hot

Time Traveler for red-hot

Time Traveler

The first known use of red-hot was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near red-hot

red horse chestnut

red-hot

red hot

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for red-hot

Cite this Entry

“Red-hot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/red-hot. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for red-hot

red-hot

adjective
\ ˈred-ˈhät \

Kids Definition of red-hot

1 : glowing red with heat red-hot coals
2 : very active or successful a red-hot team
3 : extremely popular a red-hot fashion

More from Merriam-Webster on red-hot

Nglish: Translation of red-hot for Spanish Speakers

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Which Word Does Not Belong?

  • one green toy robot amidst many red toy robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!