Pronunciation Adjective

hot (comparative hotter, superlative hottest)

  1. (of an object) Having a high temperature.
    He forgot that the frying pan was hot and burned his hand.
    • 1977, Agatha Christie, chapter 4, in An Autobiography, part II, London: Collins, →ISBN:
      There was also hairdressing: hairdressing, too, really was hairdressing in those times — no running a comb through it and that was that. It was curled, frizzed, waved, put in curlers overnight, waved with hot tongs; […].
  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. (of a temper) Easily provoked to anger.
    Be careful, he has a hot temper and may take it out on you.
  5. Feverish.
  6. (of food) Spicy.
    Before moving to India, I never ate hot food. The Indians love spicy food.
  7. (informal) Very good, remarkable, exciting. [from the 19thc.]
    He's a hot young player, we should give him a trial.
  8. Stolen. [from the 20thc.]
    hot merchandise
  9. (uncomparable) Electrically charged.
    a hot wire
  10. (informal) Radioactive. [from the 20thc.]
  11. (slang, of a person) Very physically and/or sexually attractive.
    That stripper is hot!
  12. (slang) Sexual or sexy; involving sexual intercourse or sexual excitement.
  13. (slang) Sexually aroused; randy.
  14. (with for) Attracted to.
    hot for her English teacher
  15. Popular; in demand.
    This new pickup is so hot we can't keep it in stock!
  16. Of great current interest; provoking current debate or controversy.
    a hot topic
  17. Very close to finding or guessing something to be found or guessed.
    Am I warm yet?You're hot!
  18. Performing strongly; having repeated successes.
    • 1938, Harold M. Sherman, "Shooting Stars," Boys' Life (March 1938), Published by Boy Scouts of America, p.5:
      "Keep going! You're hot tonight!" urged Wally.
    • 2002, Peter Krause & Andy King, Play-By-Play Golf, First Avenue Editions, p.55:
      The ball lands on the fairway, just a couple of yards in front of the green. "Nice shot Sarah! You're hot today!" Jenny says.
  19. Fresh; just released.
    • 1960, Super Markets of the Sixties: Findings, recommendations.- v.2. The plans and sketches, Super Market Institute, p.30:
      A 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, p.34:
      Some of these publications show signs of hasty production, indicating that they were written while the news was hot.
  20. Uncomfortable, difficult to deal with; awkward, dangerous, unpleasant.
  21. (slang) Used to emphasize the short duration or small quantity of something
    He was finished in a hot minute.
    I dated him for a hot second.
  22. (slang) Characterized by police presence or activity.
    I wouldn't speed through here if I was you. This area is hot this time of night.
Synonyms Antonyms Translations Translations Translations
  • Portuguese: quente
  • Russian: I am hot: жарко
Translations Translations Translations Translations Translations Translations Translations
  • Portuguese: na moda, em voga
  • Spanish: de moda, demandado
Translations Verb

hot (hots, present participle hotting; past and past participle hotted)

  1. (with up) To heat; to make or become hot.
  2. (with up) To become lively or exciting.
    • 2018 "Clean Slate", Wentworth
      Turf war's hotting up.


  1. (electronics) Acronym of hybrid-orientation technology CMOS fabrication technology that uses PMOS and NMOS substrates with differing orientations
  2. (electronics) Acronym of hybrid-orientation technique a technique that applies the technology
  3. (automotive) Acronym of high-output turbo turbocharger
  4. (traffic control) Acronym of high occupancy or toll lane
  5. (video games) Initialism of health over time: a status effect that restores health points as time passes
    Antonyms: DOT

hot (not comparable)

  1. (traffic control) Acronym of high occupancy or toll
Related terms
  • HOV high-occupancy vehicle

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