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English definition of “hot”

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)

[-er/-est only] (-tt-) slang physically attractive
(Definition of hot from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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