hot / hät
1. having high temperature
Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.
William Butler Yeats, 1865-1939
2. capable of giving the sensation of heat or burning, scalding, etc.
Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.
Buddha, c.563/480-c.483/400 BCE
3. giving off heat exceeding that of a normal temperature, especially in people
Sometimes a person’s skin feels hot to the touch due to illness.
4. marked by fierceness
The brain may devise laws for the blood, but a hot temper leaps o’er a cold decree.
From ‘The Merchant of Venice’ by William Shakespeare, 1564-1616
This is not news, hot off the presses: it happened well over a decade ago.
From ‘Bad Science’ by Ben Goldacre, 1974-
6. very bright
My house really is purple and yellow and hot pink and light green and orange.
Lisa Frank, 1955-
7. giving off heat to an uncomfortable degree
There are so many cute vintage dresses made out of synthetics from the ‘60s and ‘70s – but they’re so itchy and hot.
Zooey Deschanel, 1980-
8. unusually favorable
Beware the person who is on a hot streak.
James Cook, 1728-1779
9. of a wire, energized with high voltage
The ground wire is connected to the metal parts within an appliance as a safety feature, in case the hot and neutral wires somehow come in contact with metal parts.
10. very good; well
I’m always trying to do as many different things as I can, just so when one is not doing so hot, maybe the other is still there.
Chris Stapleton, 1978-
The smallest pepper is hottest.
12. in demand
Sincerity and specificity are going to be the hot commodities in music.
Eric Lewis, 1973-
1. exceedingly warmly
It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.
From ‘Great Expectations’ by Charles Dickens, 1812-1870
2. while at a high temperature
Instead of trying to guess what the weather may be, why not prepare a bowl of soup that’s full of hearty fall foods and can be served both hot and cold?
Kirsten Yovino, ?-