From Middle English hot, hat, from Old English hāt (“hot, fervent, fervid, fierce”), from Proto-Germanic *haitaz (“hot”), from Proto-Indo-European *kay- (“hot; to heat”). Cognate with Scots hate, hait (“hot”), North Frisian hiet (“hot”), Saterland Frisian heet (“hot”), West Frisian hjit (“hot”), Dutch heet (“hot”), Low German het (“hot”), German Low German heet (“hot”), German heiß (“hot”), Danish hed (“hot”), Swedish het (“hot”), Icelandic heitur (“hot”).
hot (comparative hotter, superlative hottest)
- (of an object) Having a high temperature.
- (of the weather) Causing the air to be hot.
- (of a person or animal) Feeling the sensation of heat, especially to the point of discomfort.
- (of a temper) Easily provoked to anger.
- (of food) Spicy.
- (informal) Very good, remarkable, exciting. [from the 19c.]
- Stolen. [from the 20c.]
- (incomparable) Electrically charged.
- (informal) Radioactive. [from the 20c.]
- (slang, of a person) Very physically and/or sexually attractive.
- (slang) Sexual or sexy; involving sexual intercourse or sexual excitement.
- (slang) Sexually aroused; horny.
- Popular; in demand.
- Very close to finding or guessing something to be found or guessed.
- Performing strongly; having repeated successes.
- Fresh; just released.
- Uncomfortable, difficult to deal with; awkward, dangerous, unpleasant.
- (slang) Used to emphasize the short duration or small quantity of something
- (slang) Characterized by police presence or activity.
hot (third-person singular simple present hots, present participle hotting, simple past and past participle hotted)
- (with up) To heat; to make or become hot.
- (with up) To become lively or exciting.