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fiery

[fahyuh r-ee, fahy-uh-ree] /ˈfaɪər i, ˈfaɪ ə ri/
adjective, fierier, fieriest.
1.
consisting of, attended with, characterized by, or containing fire:
a volcano's fiery discharge.
2.
intensely hot:
fiery desert sands.
3.
like or suggestive of fire:
a fiery red; angry, fiery eyes.
4.
intensely ardent, impetuous, or passionate:
fiery courage; a fiery speech.
5.
easily angered or provoked:
a fiery temper.
6.
causing a burning sensation, as certain liquors or condiments.
7.
inflamed, as a tumor or sore.
8.
Mining Older Use.
  1. highly flammable.
  2. containing highly flammable gas.
Origin of fiery
1225-1275
1225-75; Middle English fi(e)ry. See fire, -y1
Related forms
fierily, adverb
fieriness, noun
unfiery, adjective
Synonyms
3. flaming, flashing, glowing, burning. 4. fervent, vehement, spirited, impassioned.
Antonyms
2, 3, 4. cool, cold. 4. dispassionate.
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  • fiery men have not much notion of chivalry: gipsies the least of all.

  • It needed but that to add fresh fuel to the fiery mood of the prelate.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The sufferer drank two or three swallows of the fiery liquid from the bottle after he had dismounted.

    The Young Lieutenant Oliver Optic
  • As for his rage, there is no telling what a fiery furnace it had now got to be.

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • But his fiery temper oft proved his bane, and in the end it led him to ruin and death.

British Dictionary definitions for fiery

fiery

/ˈfaɪərɪ/
adjective fierier, fieriest
1.
of, containing, or composed of fire
2.
resembling fire in heat, colour, ardour, etc: a fiery desert wind, a fiery speaker
3.
easily angered or aroused: a fiery temper
4.
(of food) producing a burning sensation: a fiery curry
5.
(of the skin or a sore) inflamed
6.
flammable or containing flammable gas
7.
(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
adj.

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.

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