American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Having or giving off heat; capable of burning.
- adj. Being at a high temperature.
- adj. Being at or exhibiting a temperature that is higher than normal or desirable: a hot forehead.
- adj. Causing a burning sensation, as in the mouth; spicy: hot peppers; a hot curry.
- adj. Charged or energized with electricity: a hot wire.
- adj. Radioactive, especially to a dangerous degree.
- adj. Marked by intensity of emotion; ardent or fiery: a hot temper.
- adj. Having or displaying great enthusiasm; eager: hot for travel.
- adj. Informal Arousing intense interest, excitement, or controversy: a hot new book; a hot topic.
- adj. Informal Marked by excited activity or energy: a hot week on the stock market.
- adj. Violent; raging: a hot battle.
- adj. Slang Sexually excited or exciting.
- adj. Slang Recently stolen: a hot car.
- adj. Slang Wanted by the police: a hot suspect.
- adj. Close to a successful solution or conclusion: hot on the trail.
- adj. Informal Most recent; new or fresh: a hot news item; the hot fashions for fall.
- adj. Informal Currently very popular or successful: one of the hottest young talents around.
- adj. Informal Requiring immediate action or attention: a hot opportunity.
- adj. Slang Very good or impressive. Often used in the negative: I'm not so hot at math.
- adj. Slang Funny or absurd: told a hot one about the neighbors' dog.
- adj. Slang Performing with great skill and daring: a hot drummer.
- adj. Slang Having or characterized by repeated successes: a player who is on a hot streak.
- adj. Slang Fast and responsive: a hot sports car.
- adj. Slang Unusually lucky: hot at craps.
- adj. Music Of, relating to, or being an emotionally charged style of performance marked by strong rhythms and improvisation: hot jazz.
- adj. Bold and bright.
- n. Slang Strong sexual attraction or desire. Used with the.
- adv. In a hot manner; hotly.
- adv. While hot: foods that are best eaten hot.
- v. Informal To cause to increase in intensity or excitement. Often used with up: "His book is an exercise in the fashionable art of instant history, in which every episode is hotted up with an anecdote” ( Harper's).
- idiom. hot and bothered Informal In a state of agitated excitement; flustered: all hot and bothered before the opening performance.
- idiom. hot and heavy Informal Passionate or intense: Interest in the new stock was hot and heavy.
- idiom. hot and heavy Characterized by or engaging in amorous or sexual activity.
- idiom. hot to trot Slang Sexually avid; lascivious.
- idiom. hot to trot Slang Ready and willing; eager.
- idiom. hot under the collar Informal Angry.
- idiom. make it hot for Slang To make things uncomfortable or dangerous for: Don't make it hot for yourself by needlessly finding fault.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having the sensation of heat, especially in a high degree, the lower degrees being denoted by warm.
- Having or communicating sensible heat, especially in more considerable quantity than is denoted by warm.
- Having the property of exciting the effect or a feeling of heat; stimulating; biting; pungent; peppery: as, a hot blister.
- Ardent in feeling or temper; fiery; vehement; passionate.
- Violent; keen; brisk: as, a hot engagement; a hot pursuit, or a person hot in a pursuit.
- Lustful; lewd.
- Figuratively, heated by constant use, as if by friction.
- Dry and quick to absorb.
- Vigorously or violently; with might and main; with quick and weighty blows, retorts, etc.
- Synonyms Burning, flery, fervid, glowing.
- Piquant, highly seasoned.
- Excitable, irascible, hasty, precipitate, choleric.
- n. A sort of basket used for carrying turf, earth, slate, etc.
- n. A preterit of hight.
- n. An obsolete irregular (strong) past participle of hit.
- Ardently or earnestly supported, as indicated by the betting: as, a hot favorite.
- adj. Of an object, having a high temperature.
- adj. Of the weather, causing the air to be hot.
- adj. Of a person or animal, feeling the sensation of heat, especially to the point of discomfort.
- adj. Feverish.
- adj. Of food, spicy.
- adj. incomparable Electrically charged
- adj. slang Of a person, very physically or sexually attractive.
- adj. slang Sexual; involving sexual intercourse or sexual excitement.
- adj. Popular; in demand.
- adj. Very close to finding or guessing something to be found or guessed.
- adj. Performing strongly; having repeated successes
- adj. Fresh; just released
- adj. Uncomfortable, difficult to deal with; awkward, dangerous, unpleasant.
- adj. Compromising
- v. To heat, or to become hot
- v. To become lively or exciting
GNU Webster's 1913
- obsolete imp. & p. p. of hote.
- adj. Having much sensible heat; exciting the feeling of warmth in a great degree; very warm; -- opposed to
cold, and exceeding warmin degree
- adj. Characterized by heat, ardor, or animation; easily excited; firely; vehement; passionate; violent; eager.
- adj. Lustful; lewd; lecherous.
- adj. Acrid; biting; pungent.
- adj. (color) bold and intense
- adj. newest or most recent
- adj. sexually excited or exciting
- adj. extended meanings; especially of psychological heat; marked by intensity or vehemence especially of passion or enthusiasm
- adj. performed or performing with unusually great skill and daring and energy
- adj. very good; often used in the negative
- adj. very popular or successful
- adj. newly made
- adj. characterized by violent and forceful activity or movement; very intense
- adj. used of physical heat; having a high or higher than desirable temperature or giving off heat or feeling or causing a sensation of heat or burning
- adj. having or dealing with dangerously high levels of radioactivity
- adj. very fast; capable of quick response and great speed
- adj. marked by excited activity
- adj. wanted by the police
- adj. of a seeker; very near to the object sought
- adj. having or bringing unusually good luck
- adj. having or showing great eagerness or enthusiasm
- adj. recently stolen or smuggled
- adj. very unpleasant or even dangerous
- adj. producing a burning sensation on the taste nerves
- adj. charged or energized with electricity
- From Old English hāt. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English hāt. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“· At times you may suddenly feel very hot or sweaty (this is also called having hot flashes).”
“What I wanted was a hot Scotch and a hot chop and hot potatoes -- everything _hot_.”
“Hot water plates are very convenient, and easily procured at any large china shop; but if they cannot be found, put the hot plate containing the chop over a bowl of boiling water, and cover with a hot saucer, fold a napkin around the baked potato, and you can carry the tray containing the dinner through cold halls and up staircases and it will arrive at your patient's room _hot.”
“Absolutely clean napkins and tray cloths, a few green leaves about the plate, a rose on the tray; the chop or piece of chicken, the bird or the piece of steak ornamented with sprigs of parsley, the cold things really cold, and the hot ones _hot_, these are necessities of invalid's feeding, that mark the nurse who has a proper appreciation of a sick person's delicate sensibilities.”
“Be sure, if you have French toast, hot cakes or waffles served, that they come from the kitchen _hot_.”
“At all events, very _hot_ drink with nothing but water, milk and sugar, is equally efficacious, and my medicine (a few grains of sugar of milk) put into the hot water, seasoned as above, has often obtained great credit, when the _hot water_ was alone worthy.”
“These cakes should he baked in a moderately hot oven and not a _hot oven_.”
“Cold dishes should be very cold, and hot dishes _hot.”
“Arrange on a hot dish, sprinkle sugar over them, and serve _very hot_.”
“Sugar, your mama was onto a hot line of inquiry -- except _hot_ is the wrong word -- on how bacteria survive the cold of Mars.”
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