Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adverb Used as an intensive.

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  • adjective informal Extreme, excessive.
  • adverb intensifier, informal Extremely, inordinately, very.

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  • adjective extreme; used as an intensifier
  • adverb extremely

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Alteration of hell-fired.]

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Probably a euphemistic form of hell-fired.

Examples

  • I think I'd begin, though, with those who believe they have "outed" me, imagining they're so all-fired clever when doing so, while cowering behind their own masks the while.

    Archive 2009-06-01

  • "Tryin 'to make Dawson with it," one of them explained, "and the sun's all-fired hot."

    CHAPTER 29

  • Don't know what was up with me when I asked her, but it was a long while back, and I was all-fired young --

    THE SCORN OF WOMEN

  • Don't know what was up with me when I asked her, but it was a long while back, and I was all-fired young --

    Jack London Play:The Scorn of Women

  • Because, Bill, you got such an all-fired pretty wife, that's why.

    CHAPTER XV

  • A man with a lick of sense would have listened to her, even if she was part of the reason he was in such an all-fired hurry to get home.

    Come Again No More

  • It occurred to me afterwards, as the bard thanked my father for a dozen pieces of silver, tied his harp over his shoulder, and walked from the hall just as the red moon dipped into the west and the eastern sky began to redden, that if Quivalen Sath was so all-fired successful, why was he playing the backwater villages of Solamnia?

    Virginity

  • "If somebody's so all-fired in charge of everything," said Alvin, "he hasn't been doing too good a job of it, getting us into a fix like this."

    He Don't Know Him

  • A man with a lick of sense would have listened to her, even if she was part of the reason he was in such an all-fired hurry to get home.

    Come Again No More

  • A man with a lick of sense would have listened to her, even if she was part of the reason he was in such an all-fired hurry to get home.

    Come Again No More

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