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

  • adj. Glowing hot; very hot.
  • adj. Heated, as with excitement, anger, or enthusiasm: a red-hot speech.
  • adj. Very recent; new: red-hot information.
  • n. See hot dog.
  • n. A small, usually round red candy strongly flavored with cinnamon.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Heated to the point that it glows with a visible red color.
  • adj. very hot
  • adj. Emotionally charged, especially with anger or enthusiasm.
  • adj. Having a very strong sexual appeal.
  • adj. Very fresh, new, recent and up to date.
  • n. Alternative spelling of red hot.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Red with heat; heated to redness. Hence, figuratively, excited; violent.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Red with heat; heated to redness: as, red-hot iron; red-hot balls.
  • Hence Extreme; violent; ardent: as, a red-hot political speech.

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

  • adj. very fast; capable of quick response and great speed
  • adj. newest or most recent
  • adj. glowing red with heat
  • adj. characterized by intense emotion or interest or excitement
  • adj. having strong sexual appeal
  • n. a frankfurter served hot on a bun


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