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[hot-hed] /ˈhɒtˌhɛd/
an impetuous or short-tempered person.
Origin of hothead
1650-60; hot + head Unabridged
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Examples from the web for hothead
  • No hothead nationalist can close borders to a neighbour's goods.
  • Such plants have two mutant copies of a gene called hothead, which differ from the normal gene by a single base pair.
  • There is no point in preaching non-violent action to a hothead, but a scholarly individual might be receptive to certain ideas.
  • The parent generation had a mutant version of a gene dubbed hothead, which causes the plants to have fused flowers.
  • They did not care a mottled past trailed him or that he carried the reputation of a hothead.
  • Be careful the next time some hothead cuts you off in traffic.
British Dictionary definitions for hothead


an excitable or fiery person
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Word Origin and History for hothead

"short-tempered person," 1650s, from hot in the figurative sense + head (n.); Johnson's dictionary also lists hotmouthed "headstrong, ungovernable;" Elizabethan English had hot-brain "hothead" (c.1600); and Old English had hatheort "anger, rage," literally "hot heart."

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Slang definitions & phrases for hothead


  1. An irascible person; one quick to anger;
  2. A fanatical, emotional person; fiery militant (1660+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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