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

red hot

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: one who shows intense emotion or partisanship
: 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
Recent Examples on the Web
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Word History

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined above


1835, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Red-hot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: glowing red with heat
: marked by much feeling, enthusiasm, or energy
a red-hot political campaign
: newly made or received
red-hot news
: very popular

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