Meaning of HOT in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ hɒt ]

( hotter, hottest, hots, hotting, hotted)

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.


Something that is hot has a high temperature.

When the oil is hot, add the sliced onion...

What he needed was a hot bath and a good sleep...

≠ cold, cool



Hot is used to describe the weather or the air in a room or building when the temperature is high.

It was too hot even for a gentle stroll...

It was a hot, humid summer day...

≠ chilly, cold



If you are hot , you feel as if your body is at an unpleasantly high temperature.

I was too hot and tired to eat more than a few mouthfuls...

≠ cold

ADJ : usu v-link ADJ


You can say that food is hot when it has a strong, burning taste caused by chillies, pepper, or ginger. curries.

...a dish that’s spicy but not too hot.

= spicy

≠ mild



A hot issue or topic is one that is very important at the present time and is receiving a lot of publicity. ( JOURNALISM )

The role of women in war has been a hot topic of debate in America since the Gulf conflict.

ADJ : usu ADJ n


Hot news is new, recent, and fresh. ( INFORMAL )

...eight pages of the latest movies, video releases and the hot news from Tinseltown.

ADJ : usu ADJ n


You can use hot to describe something that is very exciting and that many people want to see, use, obtain, or become involved with. ( INFORMAL )

The hottest show in town was the Monet Exhibition at the Art Institute...

ADJ : usu ADJ n


You can use hot to describe something that no one wants to deal with, often because it has been illegally obtained and is very valuable or famous. ( INFORMAL )

If too much publicity is given to the theft of important works, the works will become too hot to handle and be destroyed.

ADJ : usu v-link ADJ


You can describe a situation that is created by a person’s behaviour or attitude as hot when it is unpleasant and difficult to deal with. ( INFORMAL )

When the streets get too hot for them, they head south in one stolen car after another.

ADJ : usu v-link ADJ


A hot contest is one that is intense and involves a great deal of activity and determination. ( INFORMAL )

It took hot competition from abroad, however, to show us just how good Scottish cashmere really is.

= fierce

ADJ : usu ADJ n


If a person or team is the hot favourite, people think that they are the one most likely to win a race or competition.

Atlantic City is the hot favourite to stage the fight.



Someone who has a hot temper gets angry very quickly and easily.

His hot temper was making it increasingly difficult for others to work with him.

ADJ : usu ADJ n

see also hot-tempered


If someone blows hot and cold , they keep changing their attitude towards something, sometimes being very enthusiastic and at other times expressing no interest at all.

The media, meanwhile, has blown hot and cold on the affair.

PHRASE : V inflects , oft PHR on/over/about n


If you are hot and bothered , you are so worried and anxious that you cannot think clearly or behave sensibly.

Ray was getting very hot and bothered about the idea.

PHRASE : v-link PHR , oft PHR about n


If you say that one person has the hots for another, you mean that they feel a strong sexual attraction to that person. ( INFORMAL )

I’ve had the hots for him ever since he came to college.

PHRASE : V inflects

Collins COBUILD Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Английский словарь Коллинз COBUILD для изучающих язык на продвинутом уровне.