Why was clemency trending last week?
intensifying adjective, late 19c., from present participle of flame (v.). Meaning "glaringly homosexual" is homosexual slang, 1970s (along with flamer (n.) "conspicuously homosexual man"); but flamer "glaringly conspicuous person or thing" (1809) and flaming "glaringly conspicuous" (1781) are much earlier in the general sense, both originally with reference to "wenches."
mid-14c., from Anglo-French flaume, Old French flamme (10c.), from Latin flammula "small flame," diminutive of flamma "flame, blazing fire," from PIE *bhleg- "to shine, flash," from root *bhel- (1) "to shine, flash, burn" (see bleach (v.)).
The meaning "a sweetheart" is attested from 1640s; the figurative sense of "burning passion" was in Middle English. Flame-thrower (1917) translates German flammenwerfer (1915).
The hot, glowing mixture of burning gases and tiny particles that arises from combustion. Flames get their light either from the fluorescence of molecules or ions that have become excited, or from the incandescence of solid particles involved in the combustion process, such as the carbon particles from a candle.
Blatantly homosexual, esp in an effeminate way; swish: in hiding the fact that Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig were flaming homosexuals (1970s+ Homosexuals)adverb
Very •Used as an intensifier, usually preceded by ''so'': I can't believe he'd be so flaming stupid (1895+)noun
(also flamage) The use of rude, strong, obscene, etc, language on a computer bulletin board, in computer mail, etc •This sort of verbal license is said to be common and apparently to be an effect of the medium itself (1980s+ Computer)