Meaning of HOT in English


I. hot 1 S1 W2 /hɒt $ hɑːt/ BrE AmE adjective ( comparative hotter , superlative hottest )

[ Language: Old English ; Origin: hat ]


a) something that is hot has a high temperature – used about weather, places, food, drink, or objects OPP cold :

a hot day in July

It’s so hot in here. Can I open the window?

Be careful, the water’s very hot.

The bar serves hot and cold food.

people who live in hot countries (=where the weather is usually hot)

scorching/baking/roasting hot (also boiling/broiling hot )American English (=used about weather that is very hot)

a scorching hot week in August

stifling/sweltering/unbearably hot (=used about weather that is very hot and uncomfortable)

The office gets unbearably hot in summer.

boiling/scalding/steaming hot (=used about liquid that is extremely hot)

The coffee was scalding hot.

piping hot (=used about food that is nice and hot)

Serve the soup piping hot.

red hot (=used to describe an object or surface that is very hot)

The handle was red hot.

white hot (=used to describe metal that is extremely hot)

He held the metal in the flame until it became white hot.

b) if you feel hot, your body feels hot in a way that is uncomfortable:

I was hot and tired after the journey.

The wine made her feel hot.

c) if clothes are hot, they make you feel too hot in a way that is uncomfortable:

This sweater’s too hot to wear inside.

2 . SPICY food that tastes hot has a burning taste because it contains strong spices OPP mild :

a hot curry

3 . VERY POPULAR/FASHIONABLE informal something or someone that is hot is very popular or fashionable, and everyone wants to use them, see them, buy them etc:

one of the hottest young directors in Hollywood

Michael Owen is already one of soccer’s hottest properties (=actors or sports players who are very popular) .

The movie is going to be this summer’s hot ticket (=an event that is very popular or fashionable, and that everyone wants to go and see) .

be the hottest thing since (sliced bread) (=used about someone or something that is very good and popular, so that everyone wants them)

4 . GOOD informal very good, especially in a way that is exciting:

a hot young guitar player

a hot piece of software

His new film is hot stuff (=very good) .

be hot at doing something

She’s pretty hot at swimming, too.

not so hot/not very hot informal (=not very good)

Some of the tracks on the record are great, but others are not so hot.

be hot shit American English informal not polite (=used about someone or something that people think is very good)

5 . SEXY

a) informal someone who is hot is very attractive sexually:

The girls all think he’s hot stuff.

b) informal a film, book, photograph etc that is hot is sexually exciting:

his hot and steamy first novel

c) a hot date informal a meeting with someone who you feel very attracted to sexually:

She has a hot date with Michel.

d) be hot on/for somebody informal to be sexually attracted to someone

6 . DIFFICULT/DANGEROUS [not before noun] informal difficult or dangerous to deal with:

If things get too hot (=a situation becomes too difficult or dangerous to deal with) , I can always leave.

Wilkinson found his opponent a little too hot to handle (=too difficult to deal with or beat) .

The climate was too hot politically to make such radical changes.

7 . a hot issue/topic etc a subject that a lot of people are discussing, especially one that causes a lot of disagreement:

The affair was a hot topic of conversation.

one of the hottest issues facing medical science

8 . in the hot seat in an important position and responsible for making difficult decisions

9 . in hot water if someone is in hot water, they are in trouble because they have done something wrong:

The finance minister found himself in hot water over his business interests.

land/get yourself in hot water

She got herself in hot water with the authorities.

10 . ANGRY

a) get hot under the collar spoken to become angry – used especially when people get angry in an unreasonable way about something that is not important:

I don’t understand why people are getting so hot under the collar about it.

b) have a hot temper someone who has a hot temper becomes angry very easily ⇨ ↑ hot-tempered

11 . hot and bothered informal upset and confused because you have too much to think about or because you are in a hurry:

People were struggling with bags and cases, looking hot and bothered.

12 . have/hold something in your hot little hand informal used to emphasize that you have something:

You’ll have the report in your hot little hands by Monday.

13 . RECENT/EXCITING NEWS hot news is about very recent events and therefore interesting or exciting:

Do you want to hear about all the latest hot gossip?

14 . be hot off the press if news or a newspaper is hot off the press, it has just recently been printed


a) in hot pursuit following someone quickly and closely because you want to catch them:

The car sped away, with the police in hot pursuit.

b) hot on sb’s trail/tail close to and likely to catch someone you have been chasing:

The other car was hot on his tail.

c) hot on sb’s heels following very close behind someone:

Mrs Bass’s dog was already hot on his heels.

16 . come/follow hot on the heels of something to happen or be done very soon after something else:

The news came hot on the heels of another plane crash.

17 . hot on the trail of something very close to finding something:

journalists hot on the trail of a news story

18 . blow/go hot and cold to keep changing your mind about whether you like or want to do something:

She keeps blowing hot and cold about the wedding.

19 . go hot and cold to experience a strange feeling in which your body temperature suddenly changes, because you are very frightened, worried, or shocked

20 . I don’t feel too hot/so hot/very hot spoken informal I feel slightly ill:

I’m not feeling too hot today.

21 . be hot on something informal

a) to know a lot about something:

He’s pretty hot on aircraft.

b) British English to be very strict about something SYN tight :

The company is very hot on security.

22 . be hot for something informal to be ready for something and want it very much:

Europe is hot for a product like this.

He was hot for revenge.

23 . be hot to trot informal

a) to be ready to do something or be involved with something

b) to feel sexually excited and want to have sex with someone

24 . hot competition if the competition between people or companies is hot, they are all trying very hard to win or succeed:

Competition for the best jobs is getting hotter all the time.

25 . hot favourite the person, team, horse etc that people think is most likely to win

26 . hot tip a good piece of advice about the likely result of a race, business deal etc:

a hot tip on the stock market

27 . STOLEN GOODS informal goods that are hot have been stolen

28 . MUSIC informal music that is hot has a strong exciting ↑ rhythm

29 . more something than you’ve had hot dinners British English spoken humorous used to say that someone has had a lot of experience of something and has done it many times:

She’s delivered more babies than you’ve had hot dinners.

30 . hot money money that is frequently moved from one country to another in order to make a profit

⇨ ↑ hotly , ↑ hots

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■ person

▪ hot used especially when you feel uncomfortable:

I feel really hot.


The travellers were hot, tired, and thirsty.

▪ warm a little hot, especially in a way that feels comfortable:

Are you warm enough?


We had to keep moving in order to keep warm.

▪ boiling (hot) spoken very hot:

You must be boiling in that sweater!


‘I’m going for a swim,' said Gary. ’I’m boiling.'


I felt boiling hot and tried to open one of the windows.

▪ feverish feeling very hot because you are ill:

His head ached and he felt feverish.


Hannah was slightly feverish, so we decided to call the doctor.

■ weather

▪ hot used especially when you feel uncomfortable:

a hot day


It’s too hot to do any work.

▪ warm a little hot, especially in a way that seems pleasant:

a warm summer’s evening


It’s supposed to be a bit warmer tomorrow.

▪ boiling (hot) spoken very hot:

The weather was boiling hot.


a boiling hot day


It was absolutely boiling this lunchtime.

▪ baking (hot) British English very hot and dry:

a baking hot afternoon


The weather was baking hot and conditions at the camp became unbearable.


It’s baking out there in the garden – I need a drink.

▪ scorching (hot) very hot:

It was another scorching hot July day.


When we got there, the weather was scorching.


Arizona is scorching hot every day.

▪ humid/muggy hot and damp:

This week sees a return to more humid conditions.


Hong Kong gets very humid at this time of year.


In June the weather was often muggy in the evenings.


It was a warm muggy afternoon, and it looked like it would rain.

■ room

▪ hot used especially when you feel uncomfortable:

The office was uncomfortably hot.


The meeting was in a tiny hot room with no air conditioning.

▪ warm a little hot, especially in a way that seems pleasant:

It’s nice and warm by the fire.


They were all sitting in the warm kitchen, sipping mugs of cocoa.

▪ boiling (hot) spoken very hot:

It’s boiling in here. Can I open the window?


a boiling hot New York recording studio

▪ like an oven much too hot in a way that is uncomfortable – used about rooms and buildings:

The inside of the shed was like an oven.

■ food/liquid/something you touch

▪ hot :

a hot drink


hot meals


Eat your food while it’s hot.

▪ warm a little hot, especially in a way that seems pleasant:

The bread was still warm from the oven.


the warm waters of the Caribbean

▪ boiling (hot) spoken very hot:

The water’s boiling hot.


Boiling-hot steam shoots out from underground.


The mud in the pools is boiling.

▪ lukewarm /ˌluːkˈwɔːm◂ $ -ˈwɔːrm◂/ slightly warm, but not hot enough – used about liquids:

a cup of lukewarm coffee


The bath water was lukewarm.

II. hot 2 BrE AmE verb ( past tense and past participle hotted , present participle hotting )

hot up phrasal verb British English informal

1 . if something hots up, there is more activity or excitement:

Things generally hot up a few days before the race.

2 . the pace hots up used to say that the speed of something increases

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■ describing the taste of something

▪ delicious having a very good taste:

This cake is delicious!


a delicious meal

▪ disgusting/revolting having a very bad taste:

The medicine tasted disgusting.


They had to eat revolting things, like fish eyes.

▪ sweet tasting full of sugar:

The oranges were very sweet.

▪ tasty especially spoken tasting good and with plenty of flavour:

She cooked us a simple but tasty meal.


That was really tasty!

▪ sour/tart having a taste that stings your tongue slightly, like lemon does – used especially when this is rather unpleasant:

The apples were a little sour.


The wine has rather a tart taste, which not everyone will like.

▪ tangy having a taste that stings your tongue slightly, like lemon does, in a way that seems good:

The dressing was nice and tangy.

▪ bitter having a strong taste which is not sweet and is sometimes rather unpleasant – used for example about black coffee, or chocolate without sugar:

bitter chocolate


The medicine had rather a bitter taste.


Hops give beer its distinctive bitter taste.

▪ salty containing a lot of salt:

Danish salami has a salty flavour.

▪ hot/spicy having a burning taste because it contains strong spices:

I love hot curries.


a spicy tomato sauce

▪ piquant /ˈpiːkənt/ formal a little spicy – used especially by people who write about food. This word can sound rather ↑ pretentious in everyday conversation:

cooked vegetables in a piquant sauce

▪ mild not having a strong or hot taste – usually used about foods that can sometimes be spicy:

a mild curry

▪ bland not having an interesting taste:

I found the sauce rather bland.

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