• Hot


    • RP enPR: hŏt, IPA: /hɒt/
    • Rhymes: -ɒt
    • GenAm enPR: hät, IPA: /hɑt/

    Alternative forms

    • (physically attractive) hawt (slang, especially Internet), hott (slang, especially Internet)


    From Middle English hot, hat, from Old English hāt, from Proto-Germanic *haitaz, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kAy- ("hot; to heat"). Compare West Frisian hjit, Dutch heet, Low German het, German heiß, Danish hed.

    Full definition of hot



    1. Of an object, having a high temperature.He forgot the frying pan was hot, and dropped it suddenly.
    2. Of the weather, causing the air to be hot.It is too hot to be outside.It is hotter in summer than in winter.
    3. Of a person or animal, feeling the sensation of heat, especially to the point of discomfort.I was so hot from being in the sun too long.Aren't you hot with that thick coat on?
    4. Feverish.
    5. Of food, spicy.Before moving to India, I never ate hot food. The Indians love spicy food.
    6. (informal) Very good, remarkable, exciting. from the 19th c.He's a hot young player, we should give him a trial.
    7. Stolen. from the 20th c.hot merchandise
    8. (incomparable) Electrically chargeda hot wire
    9. (informal) Radioactive. from the 20th c.
    10. (slang) Of a person, very physically or sexually attractive.That girl is hot!
    11. (slang) Sexual; involving sexual intercourse or sexual excitement.
      • Rick R. Reed, Moving Toward The Light, There was only one problem. Paul was HIV positive. And just a few weeks after his hot encounter with Max, a letter arrived for him, containing some legalese about HIV infection being a criminal act, with a few chilling words
    12. Popular; in demand.His new pickup is hot!
    13. Very close to finding or guessing something to be found or guessed.Am I warm yet?You're hot!
    14. Performing strongly; having repeated successes
      • 1938 Harold M. Sherman, "Shooting Stars," Boys' Life (March 1938), Published by Boy Scouts of America, p5"Keep going! You're hot tonight!" urged Wally.
      • 2002 Peter Krause & Andy King, Play-By-Play Golf, First Avenue Editions, p55The ball lands on the fairway, just a couple of yards in front of the green. "Nice shot Sarah! You're hot today!" Jenny says.
    15. Fresh; just released
      • 1960 Super Markets of the Sixties: Findings, recommendations.- v. 2. The plans and sketches, Super Market Institute, p30A kid can stand in the street and sell newspapers, if the headlines are hot.
      • 2000 David Cressy, Travesties and transgressions in Tudor and Stuart England: tales of discord and dissension, Oxford University Press, p34Some of these publications show signs of hasty production, indicating that they were written while the news was hot.
    16. Uncomfortable, difficult to deal with; awkward, dangerous, unpleasant.
      • 1997, David Wojnarowicz, The Waterfront Journals, I've been living here a few weeks and it's starting to get a little hot for me . . . I've written myself out of several states in the last six years
      • 1999, Sam Llewellyn, The shadow in the sands, The police are looking for an anarchist who answers my description, seen leaving the house the day before the fire; there was an explosion ... So what with one thing and another, His Grace thinks the country a little hot for me now
      • 2004, Meredith Blevins, The Hummingbird Wizard, "Things are a little hot for us in San Francisco. We'll burn the vardo at Drake's Bay and then head to your place." "Things are hot, so you're heading to my place?" "Hot's not a big deal. Just a matter of jurisdiction and time.
      • 2008, Charlaine Harris, Wolfsbane and Mistletoe, I'd also thought things might have gotten a little hot for him in Atlantic City, so he'd moved West to its bigger, badder cousin, where he wasn't as well known



    Derived terms

    Terms derived from the adjective hotget * give it to someone hot"in * like a cat on hot bricks, make things hot for


    (especially when followed by up)
    1. To heat, or to become hot
    2. To become lively or exciting


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