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[fahyuh r-ee, fahy-uh-ree] /ˈfaɪər i, ˈfaɪ ə ri/

adjective, fierier, fieriest.
consisting of, attended with, characterized by, or containing fire:
a volcano’s fiery discharge.
intensely hot:
fiery desert sands.
like or suggestive of fire:
a fiery red; angry, fiery eyes.
intensely ardent, impetuous, or passionate:
fiery courage; a fiery speech.
easily angered or provoked:
a fiery temper.
causing a burning sensation, as certain liquors or condiments.
inflamed, as a tumor or sore.
Mining Older Use.

adjective fierier, fieriest
of, containing, or composed of fire
resembling fire in heat, colour, ardour, etc: a fiery desert wind, a fiery speaker
easily angered or aroused: a fiery temper
(of food) producing a burning sensation: a fiery curry
(of the skin or a sore) inflamed
flammable or containing flammable gas
(of a cricket pitch) making the ball bounce dangerously high

late 13c., from Middle English fier “fire” (see fire (n.)) + -y (2). The spelling is a relic of one of the attempts to render Old English “y” in fyr in a changing system of vowel sounds. Related: Fieriness.


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