Pronunciation: (hot), [key]
—adj., hot•ter, hot•test,
—adv., v., hot•ted, hot•ting,
1. having or giving off heat; having a high temperature: a hot fire; hot coffee.
2. having or causing a sensation of great bodily heat; attended with or producing such a sensation: He was hot with fever.
3. creating a burning sensation, as on the skin or in the throat: This ointment is hot, so apply it sparingly.
4. sharply peppery or pungent: Is this mustard hot?
5. having or showing intense or violent feeling; ardent; fervent; vehement; excited: a hot temper.
6. Informal.having a strong enthusiasm; eager: a hot baseball fan.
a. sexually aroused; lustful.
b. sexy; attractive.
8. violent, furious, or intense: the hottest battle of the war.
9. strong or fresh, as a scent or trail.
10. absolutely new; fresh: a dozen new mystery stories hot from the press.
11. 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.
12. Slang.skillful in a reckless or daring way: a hot pilot.
13. following very closely; close: to be hot on the trail of a thief.
14. (of colors) extremely intense: hot pink.
15. Informal.popular and commercially successful; in demand; marketable: The Beatles were a hot group in the 1960s.
16. Slang.extremely lucky, good, or favorable: A poker player has to have a hot hand to win the pot.
17. Slang.(in sports and games) playing well or winningly; scoring effectively: a hot pitcher.
18. Slang.funny; absurd: That's a hot one!
19. Games.close to the object or answer that is being sought.
20. Informal.extremely exciting or interesting; sensational or scandalous: a hot news story.
a. (of music) emotionally intense, propulsive, and marked by aggressive attack and warm, full tone.
b. (of a musician) skilled in playing hot jazz.
22. Informal.(of a vehicle) capable of attaining extremely high speeds: a hot new jet plane.
a. stolen recently or otherwise illegal and dangerous to possess: a hot diamond necklace.
b. wanted by the police.
24. 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.
25. actively conducting an electric current or containing a high voltage: a hot wire.
26. of, pertaining to, or noting radioactivity.
27. Metalworking.noting any process involving plastic deformation of a metal at a temperature high enough to permit recrystallization due to the strain: hot working.
28. get hot, Slang.(in sports and games) to become very effective or successful; score or win repeatedly or easily.
29. hot and bothered, Informal.excited, aroused, or flustered: This mistake isn't worth getting hot and bothered about. Also,all hot and bothered.
30. hot under the collar. See collar (def. 16).
31. 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.
1. in a hot manner; hotly.
2. while hot: Garnish the potatoes with parsley and serve hot.
3. Metalworking.at a temperature high enough to permit recrystallization: The wire was drawn hot.
4. hot and heavy, Informal.in an intense, vehement, or passionate manner: They argued hot and heavy for 20 minutes.
Chiefly Brit. Informal.to heat; warm (usually fol. by up).
the hots, Slang.intense sexual desire or attraction.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.