adjective, hotter, hottest.
having or giving off heat; having a high temperature:
a hot fire; hot coffee.
having or causing a sensation of great bodily heat; attended with or producing such a sensation:
He was hot with fever.
creating a burning sensation, as on the skin or in the throat:
This ointment is hot, so apply it sparingly.
sharply peppery or pungent:
Is this mustard hot?
having or showing intense or violent feeling; ardent; fervent; vehement; excited:
a hot temper.
Informal. having a strong enthusiasm; eager:
a hot baseball fan.
violent, furious, or intense:
the hottest battle of the war.
strong or fresh, as a scent or trail.
absolutely new; fresh:
a dozen new mystery stories hot from the press.
requiring immediate delivery or correspondence; demanding priority:
The hot freight must be delivered by 10:00 a.m. tomorrow, or we’ll lose the contract.
Slang. skillful in a reckless or daring way:
a hot pilot.
following very closely; close:
to be hot on the trail of a thief.
(of colors) extremely intense:
Informal. popular and commercially successful; in demand; marketable:
The Beatles were a hot group in the 1960s.
Slang. extremely lucky, good, or favorable:
A poker player has to have a hot hand to win the pot.
Slang. (in sports and games) playing well or winningly; scoring effectively:
a hot pitcher.
Slang. funny; absurd:
That’s a hot one!
Games. close to the object or answer that is being sought.
Informal. extremely exciting or interesting; sensational or scandalous:
a hot news story.
Informal. (of a vehicle) capable of attaining extremely high speeds:
a hot new jet plane.
Informal. in the mood to perform exceedingly well, or rapidly, as during a burst of creative work:
Finish writing that story while you’re still hot.
actively conducting an electric current or containing a high voltage:
a hot wire.
of, relating to, or noting radioactivity.
Metalworking. noting any process involving plastic deformation of a metal at a temperature high enough to permit recrystallization due to the strain:
in a hot manner; hotly.
Garnish the potatoes with parsley and serve hot.
Metalworking. at a temperature high enough to permit recrystallization:
The wire was drawn hot.
verb (used with or without object), hotted, hotting.
Chiefly British Informal. to heat; warm (usually followed by up).
the hots, Slang. intense sexual desire or attraction.
get hot, Slang. (in sports and games) to become very effective or successful; score or win repeatedly or easily.
hot and bothered, Informal. excited, aroused, or flustered:
This mistake isn’t worth getting hot and bothered about.
Also, all hot and bothered.
hot and heavy, Informal. in an intense, vehement, or passionate manner:
They argued hot and heavy for 20 minutes.
hot under the collar. (def 23).
make it hot for, Informal. to make something unpleasant for; cause trouble for:
Ever since their argument the principal has been making it hot for the new teacher.
(informal) the practice of stealing fast cars and putting on a show of skilful but dangerous driving
adjective hotter, hottest
having a relatively high temperature
having a temperature higher than desirable
causing or having a sensation of bodily heat
causing a burning sensation on the tongue: hot mustard, a hot curry
expressing or feeling intense emotion, such as embarrassment, anger, or lust
intense or vehement: a hot argument
recent; fresh; new: a hot trial, hot from the press
(ball games) (of a ball) thrown or struck hard, and so difficult to respond to
much favoured or approved: a hot tip, a hot favourite
(informal) having a dangerously high level of radioactivity: a hot laboratory
(slang) (of goods or money) stolen, smuggled, or otherwise illegally obtained
(slang) (of people) being sought by the police
(informal) sexually attractive
(of a colour) intense; striking: hot pink
close or following closely: hot on the scent
(informal) at a dangerously high electric potential: a hot terminal
(physics) having an energy level higher than that of the ground state: a hot atom
(slang) impressive or good of its kind (esp in the phrase not so hot)
(jazz, slang) arousing great excitement or enthusiasm by inspired improvisation, strong rhythms, etc
(informal) dangerous or unpleasant (esp in the phrase make it hot for someone)
(in various searching or guessing games) very near the answer or object to be found
(metallurgy) (of a process) at a sufficiently high temperature for metal to be in a soft workable state
(Austral & NZ, informal) (of a price, charge, etc) excessive
give it hot, give it to someone hot, to punish or thrash someone
(informal) hot on
(informal) hot under the collar, aroused with anger, annoyance, etc
(informal) in hot water, in trouble, esp with those in authority
in a hot manner; hotly
Old English hat “hot, flaming, opposite of cold,” also “fervent, fierce, intense, excited,” from Proto-Germanic *haita- (cf. Old Saxon and Old Frisian het, Old Norse heitr, Middle Dutch and Dutch heet, German heiß “hot,” Gothic heito “heat of a fever”), from PIE root *kai- “heat” (cf. Lithuanian kaistu “to grow hot”).
The association of hot with sexuality dates back to c.1500. Taste sense of “pungent, acrid, biting” is from 1540s. Sense of “exciting, remarkable, very good” is 1895; that of “stolen” is first recorded 1925 (originally with overtones of “easily identified and difficult to dispose of”); that of “radioactive” is from 1942.
Hot flashes in the menopausal sense attested from 1887. Hot air “unsubstantiated statements, boastful talk” is from 1900. Hot stuff for anything good or excellent is by 1889. Hot potato in figurative sense is from 1846. The hot and cold in hide-and-seek or guessing games are from hunting (1640s), with notion of tracking a scent.
blow hot and cold, not so hot, red hot
[stolen-goods sense may derive fr hot, ”too well known,” found by 1883]
- Hot tip
noun a timely and likely helpful piece of advice or information Examples No one wants hot tips for the stock market now. Word Origin 1891
noun a thermal or glass carafe (often with black-banded neck and a lid) for holding a hot beverage, as coffee, with which one can refill one’s cup Usage Note cooking
noun 1. (def 1).
noun 1. a wooden tub, usually large enough to accommodate several persons, that is filled with hot aerated water and often equipped with a thermostat and whirlpool: used for recreation or physical therapy and often placed out of doors, as on a porch.