t) KEY ADJECTIVE: hot·ter
- Having or giving off heat; capable of burning.
- Being at a high temperature.
- Being at or exhibiting a temperature that is higher than normal or desirable: a hot forehead.
- Causing a burning sensation, as in the mouth; spicy: hot peppers; a hot curry.
- Charged or energized with electricity: a hot wire.
- Radioactive, especially to a dangerous degree.
- Marked by intensity of emotion; ardent or fiery: a hot temper.
- Having or displaying great enthusiasm; eager: hot for travel.
- Informal Arousing intense interest, excitement, or controversy: a hot new book; a hot topic.
- Informal Marked by excited activity or energy: a hot week on the stock market.
- Violent; raging: a hot battle.
- Slang Sexually excited or exciting.
- Recently stolen: a hot car.
- Wanted by the police: a hot suspect.
- Close to a successful solution or conclusion: hot on the trail.
- Most recent; new or fresh: a hot news item; the hot fashions for fall.
- Currently very popular or successful: one of the hottest young talents around.
- Requiring immediate action or attention: a hot opportunity.
- Slang Very good or impressive. Often used in the negative: I'm not so hot at math.
- Slang Funny or absurd: told a hot one about the neighbors' dog.
- Performing with great skill and daring: a hot drummer.
- Having or characterized by repeated successes: a player who is on a hot streak.
- Fast and responsive: a hot sports car.
- Unusually lucky: hot at craps.
- Music Of, relating to, or being an emotionally charged style of performance marked by strong rhythms and improvisation: hot jazz.
- Bold and bright.
- Slang Strong sexual attraction or desire. Used with the.
TRANSITIVE VERB: hot·ted
- In a hot manner; hotly.
- While hot: foods that are best eaten hot.
IDIOMS: hot and bothered Informal
- Informal To cause to increase in intensity or excitement. Often used with up: "His book is an exercise in the fashionable art of instant history, in which every episode is hotted up with an anecdote" (Harper's).
hot and heavy
- In a state of agitated excitement; flustered: all hot and bothered before the opening performance.
hot to trot Slang
- Informal Passionate or intense: Interest in the new stock was hot and heavy.
- Characterized by or engaging in amorous or sexual activity.
hot under the collar Informal
- Sexually avid; lascivious.
- Ready and willing; eager.
make it hot for Slang
- To make things uncomfortable or dangerous for: Don't make it hot for yourself by needlessly finding fault.
Middle English, from Old English ht
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in Indo-European rootsOTHER FORMS:hotness(Noun)