Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “hot”

See all translations

hot

adjective  /hɑt/ us  

hot adjective (VERY WARM)

[-er/-est only] (-tt-) having a high temperature: a hot day a hot meal It’s hotter in Ohio than it is here. Matt makes his little sister hot chocolate (= a warm drink made with chocolate).

hot adjective (SPICY)

[-er/-est only] (-tt-) (of food) causing a feeling in the mouth like burning or tingling (= as if a lot of sharp points are being put in quickly and lightly): If you like curry really hot, you can add some hot peppers and hot sauce.

hot adjective (ANGRY)

[-er/-est only] (-tt-) easily excited, or angry: She’s hot-tempered. I got really hot about them not recycling.

hot adjective (GOOD)

[-er/-est only] (-tt-) infml very good and having energy: Right now the stock market is hot. The show isn’t so hot. He doesn’t feel so hot.

hot adjective (STOLEN)

[not gradable] slang (of goods) stolen and therefore difficult to sell: Those CD players are so cheap, they must be hot.

hot adjective (DANGEROUS)

[-er/-est only] (-tt-) infml (of a situation) dangerous or difficult; risky : Things got a lot hotter when the military took over.

hot adjective (ATTRACTIVE)

(Definition of hot from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of hot?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “hot” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

christmassy

typical of Christmas, or happy because it is Christmas

Word of the Day

Cleavage proves divisive in Cambridge’s words of 2014

by Alastair Horne,
December 19, 2014
​​​​ Other dictionaries may choose faddish novelties as their words of the year, but here at Cambridge, we like to do something different. We look for the words that have seen sudden surges in searches over the course of the year – words that have been baffling users of English and driven them

Read More 

tweleb noun

December 22, 2014
informal a Twitter celebrity; (more specifically, someone who has more than 1,000 followers on Twitter) There were a few old and a few new faces, including a tweleb or two. Expect to see and hear more from these cool kids.

Read More