from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
  • transitive 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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. Electrically charged
  • adj. Of a person, very physically or sexually attractive.
  • adj. 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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 warm in degree
  • adj. Characterized by heat, ardor, or animation; easily excited; firely; vehement; passionate; violent; eager.
  • adj. Lustful; lewd; lecherous.
  • adj. Acrid; biting; pungent.

from The 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.
  • Ardently or earnestly supported, as indicated by the betting: as, a hot favorite.
  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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

Middle English, from Old English hāt.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old English hāt.



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  • "A small heap of any kind carelessly put up; a hot of muck, a hot of stones, &c." --Dr. Jamieson's Scottish Dictionary and Supplement, 1841.

    Also hott.

    May 20, 2011