the hots


adjective, hotter, hottest.
having or giving off heat; having a high temperature: a hot fire; hot coffee.
having or causing a sensation of great bodily heat; attended with or producing such a sensation: He was hot with fever.
creating a burning sensation, as on the skin or in the throat: This ointment is hot, so apply it sparingly.
sharply peppery or pungent: Is this mustard hot?
having or showing intense or violent feeling; ardent; fervent; vehement; excited: a hot temper.
Informal. having a strong enthusiasm; eager: a hot baseball fan.
sexually aroused; lustful.
sexy; attractive.
violent, furious, or intense: the hottest battle of the war.
strong or fresh, as a scent or trail.
absolutely new; fresh: a dozen new mystery stories hot from the press.
requiring immediate delivery or correspondence; demanding priority: The hot freight must be delivered by 10:00 a.m. tomorrow, or we'll lose the contract.
Slang. skillful in a reckless or daring way: a hot pilot.
following very closely; close: to be hot on the trail of a thief.
(of colors) extremely intense: hot pink.
Informal. popular and commercially successful; in demand; marketable: The Beatles were a hot group in the 1960s.
Slang. extremely lucky, good, or favorable: A poker player has to have a hot hand to win the pot.
Slang. (in sports and games) playing well or winningly; scoring effectively: a hot pitcher.
Slang. funny; absurd: That's a hot one!
Games. close to the object or answer that is being sought.
Informal. extremely exciting or interesting; sensational or scandalous: a hot news story.
(of music) emotionally intense, propulsive, and marked by aggressive attack and warm, full tone.
(of a musician) skilled in playing hot jazz.
Informal. (of a vehicle) capable of attaining extremely high speeds: a hot new jet plane.
stolen recently or otherwise illegal and dangerous to possess: a hot diamond necklace.
wanted by the police.
Informal. in the mood to perform exceedingly well, or rapidly, as during a burst of creative work: Finish writing that story while you're still hot.
actively conducting an electric current or containing a high voltage: a hot wire.
of, relating to, or noting radioactivity.
Metalworking. noting any process involving plastic deformation of a metal at a temperature high enough to permit recrystallization due to the strain: hot working.
in a hot manner; hotly.
while hot: Garnish the potatoes with parsley and serve hot.
Metalworking. at a temperature high enough to permit recrystallization: The wire was drawn hot.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), hotted, hotting.
Chiefly British Informal. to heat; warm (usually followed by up ).
the hots, Slang. intense sexual desire or attraction.
get hot, Slang. (in sports and games) to become very effective or successful; score or win repeatedly or easily.
hot and bothered, Informal. excited, aroused, or flustered: This mistake isn't worth getting hot and bothered about. Also, all hot and bothered.
hot and heavy, Informal. in an intense, vehement, or passionate manner: They argued hot and heavy for 20 minutes.
hot under the collar. collar ( def 23 ).
make it hot for, Informal. to make something unpleasant for; cause trouble for: Ever since their argument the principal has been making it hot for the new teacher.

before 1000; 1920–25 for def 23; Middle English ho(o)t, Old English hāt; cognate with Dutch heet, Old Norse heitr, Swedish het, Danish hed, German heiss

hotly, adverb
hotness, noun
overhot, adjective
overhotly, adverb
ultrahot, adjective
unhot, adjective

1. heated; fiery, burning, scorching; scalding, boiling; torrid, sultry. 4. biting, piquant, sharp, spicy. 5. fervid; fiery, passionate, intense, excitable, impetuous; angry, furious, irate, violent.

1. cold. Unabridged
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hot (hɒt)
adj , hotter, hottest
1.  having a relatively high temperature
2.  having a temperature higher than desirable
3.  causing or having a sensation of bodily heat
4.  causing a burning sensation on the tongue: hot mustard; a hot curry
5.  expressing or feeling intense emotion, such as embarrassment, anger, or lust
6.  intense or vehement: a hot argument
7.  recent; fresh; new: a hot trial; hot from the press
8.  ball games (of a ball) thrown or struck hard, and so difficult to respond to
9.  much favoured or approved: a hot tip; a hot favourite
10.  informal having a dangerously high level of radioactivity: a hot laboratory
11.  slang (of goods or money) stolen, smuggled, or otherwise illegally obtained
12.  slang (of people) being sought by the police
13.  informal sexually attractive
14.  (of a colour) intense; striking: hot pink
15.  close or following closely: hot on the scent
16.  informal at a dangerously high electric potential: a hot terminal
17.  physics having an energy level higher than that of the ground state: a hot atom
18.  slang impressive or good of its kind (esp in the phrase not so hot)
19.  slang jazz arousing great excitement or enthusiasm by inspired improvisation, strong rhythms, etc
20.  informal dangerous or unpleasant (esp in the phrase make it hot for someone)
21.  (in various searching or guessing games) very near the answer or object to be found
22.  metallurgy (of a process) at a sufficiently high temperature for metal to be in a soft workable state
23.  informal (Austral), (NZ) (of a price, charge, etc) excessive
24.  give it hot, give it to someone hot to punish or thrash someone
25.  informal hot on
 a.  very severe: the police are hot on drunk drivers
 b.  particularly skilled at or knowledgeable about: he's hot on vintage cars
26.  informal hot under the collar aroused with anger, annoyance, etc
27.  informal in hot water in trouble, esp with those in authority
28.  in a hot manner; hotly
[Old English hāt; related to Old High German heiz, Old Norse heitr, Gothic heito fever]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. hat "hot, opposite of cold," also "fervent, fierce," from P.Gmc. *haitoz (cf. O.Fris. het, O.N. heitr, Du. heet, Ger. heiß "hot," Goth. heito "heat of a fever"), from PIE base *qai- (cf. Lith. kaistu "to grow hot"), the same root as that of heat. Taste sense of "pungent, acrid, biting" is
from 1548. Sense of "exciting, remarkable, very good" is 1895; that of "stolen" is first recorded 1925 (originally with overtones of "easily identified and difficult to dispose of"); that of "radioactive" is from 1942. Hot air "unsubstantiated statements, boastful talk" is from 1900. Hot potato in figurative sense is from 1846. Hot-blooded "passionate" (1598) is a relic of medieval physiology theory. The association of hot with sexuality dates back to 1500. Hot rod first recorded 1945 in Amer.Eng.; hot water "trouble" is from 1537. The hot and cold in hide-and-seek or guessing games are from hunting (1648), with notion of tracking a scent. Hot spot "night club" first recorded 1931. Hotshot "important person" is from 1933; it earlier meant "fast train" (1925).
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