Meaning of HOT in English


I. ˈhät, usu -äd.+V adjective

( hotter ; hottest )

Etymology: Middle English hoot, hot, from Old English hāt; akin to Old Frisian & Old Saxon hēt hot, Old High German heiz, Old Norse heitr hot, Gothic heito fever, Lithuanian kaĩsti to get hot

1. : having heat in a degree exceeding normal body heat : having a relatively high temperature : giving or capable of giving a sensation of heat : capable of burning, searing, or scalding

hot stove

hot forehead


a. : ardent , fiery

hot blood of youth

hot tempers

: vehement

hot words were exchanged

b. : violent , raging

hot battle

c. : urgent , feverish

messengers sent in hot haste


(1) of an animal : being in heat

(2) : lustful , lecherous

e. : zealous , eager

hot for reform

hot patriot

hot baseball fan

hot fisherman


(1) of jazz : ecstatic and emotionally exciting and usually marked by complex rhythms and free contrapuntal improvisations on the melody — often contrasted with sweet

(2) of a jazz performer : stimulated and inspired to complete rhythmic and melodic freedom


a. : having the sensation of an uncomfortable degree of body heat : too warm for comfort

hot and tired

I'm too hot in this sweater

b. : causing discomfort or distress through excessive warmth or humidity

hot climate

this room is hot and stuffy

hot sunshine


(1) : naturally or constitutionally possessing heat — used in medieval physiology, natural philosophy, and astrology to name one of the qualities of the four elements

(2) of a sign of the zodiac : having a hot complexion


a. : having or retaining the heat of cooking

this pudding is best when served hot

will you have hot or iced coffee

b. : not yet grown cool or stale : newly made or received : fresh

news hot from the press

following a hot scent

also : close to something pursued or sought

hot on the trail of the murderer

guess again, you're getting hotter

c. : suggestive of heat

hot smell of burning rubber

hot sound of buzzing flies

or of burning or glowing objects

I like hot colors … hot orange and red and shocking pink — Mitzi Gaynor


(1) of type : made by the casting of hot metal into a mold

(2) : using type so made

hot composition

— compare cold

e. : uncomfortable to an intolerable or dangerous degree : unsafe

the police were making the town too hot for him

5. : pungent , peppery , biting

hot sauce

hot pickles

6. : showing energy or activity in an unusual degree: as

a. : of intense and immediate interest

hot news story

hot scandal

b. : unusually lucky or successful

hot streak at poker

or favorable

the dice are hot for me tonight

c. : temporarily capable of unusual performance (as in a sport)

any one of half a dozen golfers might get hot and win this tournament

hot favorite in the race

d. of merchandise or securities : readily salable : enjoying current popularity

hot items in women's wear


(1) : very good — used as a generalized term of approval

a real hot lawyer

he's hot in math

(2) slang : absurd , unbelievable

wants to fight the champion? that's a hot one

7. : having or charged with high energy: as

a. : electrically charged ; especially : charged with high voltage

b. of a cartridge : having a powder load which gives a high muzzle velocity and corresponding high chamber pressure and flat trajectory — used especially of hand-loaded ammunition

c. : radioactive

hot material

also : dealing with radioactive material

hot laboratory

d. of an airplane : fast ; especially : characterized by a high landing speed


a. : stolen or otherwise illegally obtained

hot jewels

hot bonds

also : contraband

b. : wanted by the police : fugitive from justice

c. of a commodity : prohibited by law or agreement from being shipped or handled

hot oil

II. adverb

Etymology: Middle English hoote, hote, from Old English hāte, from hāt, adjective

: hotly

the sun shines hot — Shakespeare

hot -glowing coals

took a club and gave it to him hot and heavy

III. noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English hoot, hot, from hoot, hot, adjective

1. dialect : heat

2. : hot dog

IV. verb

( hotted ; hotted ; hotting ; hots )

Etymology: hot (I)

intransitive verb

chiefly Britain : to become warm or heated — usually used with up

fresh air hots up quickly

the argument had hotted up considerably

transitive verb

chiefly Britain : warm , heat ; specifically : to warm over (food) — usually used with up

there's some stew and dumplings left I can hot up in a minute — Victoria Lincoln

V. noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English hott, from Old French hotte, hote, of Germanic origin; akin to German dialect hutte, hotte basket, pannier, Middle High German hotte, hotze cradle — more at hod

1. now dialect England : a basket for carrying earth or manure

2. dialect Britain : a little heap or pile (as of manure)

3. obsolete : a padded sheath for the spur of a gamecock

VI. adjective

1. : being full of detail and information and requiring little or no involvement of the listener, viewer, or reader

a hot medium like radio — H.M.McLuhan

2. : sexy

VII. noun

hots plural : strong sexual desire — used with the

about a young girl … with the hots for gypsy-dark men — H.C.Veit

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.