hot: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (hot), [key]
— adj., adv., v., n. hot•ter, hot•test, hot•ted, hot•ting,
  1. having or giving off heat; having a high temperature: a hot fire; hot coffee.
  2. having or causing a sensation of great bodily heat; attended with or producing such a sensation: He was hot with fever.
  3. creating a burning sensation, as on the skin or in the throat: This ointment is hot, so apply it sparingly.
  4. sharply peppery or pungent: Is this mustard hot?
  5. having or showing intense or violent feeling; ardent; fervent; vehement; excited: a hot temper.
  6. having a strong enthusiasm; eager: a hot baseball fan.
    1. sexually aroused; lustful.
    2. sexy; attractive.
  7. violent, furious, or intense: the hottest battle of the war.
  8. strong or fresh, as a scent or trail.
  9. absolutely new; fresh: a dozen new mystery stories hot from the press.
  10. requiring immediate delivery or correspondence; demanding priority:a.m. tomorrow, or we'll lose the contract. The hot freight must be delivered by 10:00
  11. skillful in a reckless or daring way: a hot pilot.
  12. following very closely; close: to be hot on the trail of a thief.
  13. (of colors) extremely intense: hot pink.
  14. popular and commercially successful; in demand; marketable: The Beatles were a hot group in the 1960s.
  15. extremely lucky, good, or favorable: A poker player has to have a hot hand to win the pot.
  16. (in sports and games) playing well or winningly; scoring effectively: a hot pitcher.
  17. funny; absurd: That's a hot one!
  18. close to the object or answer that is being sought.
  19. extremely exciting or interesting; sensational or scandalous: a hot news story.
    1. (of music) emotionally intense, propulsive, and marked by aggressive attack and warm, full tone.
    2. (of a musician) skilled in playing hot jazz.
  20. (of a vehicle) capable of attaining extremely high speeds: a hot new jet plane.
  21. a hot diamond necklace.
    1. stolen recently or otherwise illegal and dangerous to possess:a hot diamond necklace.
    2. wanted by the police.
    3. dangerous.
  22. 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.
  23. actively conducting an electric current or containing a high voltage: a hot wire.
  24. of, pertaining to, or noting radioactivity.
  25. noting any process involving plastic deformation of a metal at a temperature high enough to permit recrystallization due to the strain: hot working.
  26. (in sports and games) to become very effective or successful; score or win repeatedly or easily.
  27. excited, aroused, or flustered: This mistake isn't worth getting hot and bothered about.
  28. See(def. 16).
  29. to make something unpleasant for; cause trouble for: Ever since their argument the principal has been making it hot for the new teacher.
  1. in a hot manner; hotly.
  2. while hot: Garnish the potatoes with parsley and serve hot.
  3. at a temperature high enough to permit recrystallization: The wire was drawn hot.
  4. in an intense, vehement, or passionate manner: They argued hot and heavy for 20 minutes.
—v.t., v.i.
  1. to heat; warm (usually fol. by up).
  1. intense sexual desire or attraction.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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