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[fahyuh r-ee, fahy-uh-ree] /ˈfaɪər i, ˈfaɪ ə ri/
adjective, fierier, fieriest.
consisting of, attended with, characterized by, or containing fire:
a volcano's fiery discharge.
intensely hot:
fiery desert sands.
like or suggestive of fire:
a fiery red; angry, fiery eyes.
intensely ardent, impetuous, or passionate:
fiery courage; a fiery speech.
easily angered or provoked:
a fiery temper.
causing a burning sensation, as certain liquors or condiments.
inflamed, as a tumor or sore.
Mining Older Use.
  1. highly flammable.
  2. containing highly flammable gas.
Origin of fiery
1225-75; Middle English fi(e)ry. See fire, -y1
Related forms
fierily, adverb
fieriness, noun
unfiery, adjective
3. flaming, flashing, glowing, burning. 4. fervent, vehement, spirited, impassioned.
2, 3, 4. cool, cold. 4. dispassionate. Unabridged
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  • But others were wary of the steam engine, which was frequently caricatured as a fiery dragon.
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  • She had fiery red hair and had waitressed for many years at another restaurant down the street.
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  • One couple ended up downwind from the fiery maw of the pizza oven and voiced a desire to move.
  • There the noodles are served hot in soups or cold with a fiery horseradish dressing.
  • It's telling that affirmative action isn't the stuff of campaign ads and fiery political speeches.
  • He had an idea that he was one of those fiery, untamed steeds, but he is not of that character.
  • Day contracted itself into a fiery ball and vanished.
British Dictionary definitions for fiery


adjective fierier, fieriest
of, containing, or composed of fire
resembling fire in heat, colour, ardour, etc: a fiery desert wind, a fiery speaker
easily angered or aroused: a fiery temper
(of food) producing a burning sensation: a fiery curry
(of the skin or a sore) inflamed
flammable or containing flammable gas
(of a cricket pitch) making the ball bounce dangerously high
Derived Forms
fierily, adverb
fieriness, noun
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Word Origin and History for fiery

late 13c., from Middle English fier "fire" (see fire (n.)) + -y (2). The spelling is a relic of one of the attempts to render Old English "y" in fyr in a changing system of vowel sounds. Related: Fieriness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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