Meaning of “hot” in the English Dictionary

"hot" in British English

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uk /hɒt/ us /hɑːt/ hotter, hottest

hot adjective (VERY WARM)

A1 having a high temperature:

a hot, sunny day
hot weather
a hot drink/meal
It's too hot in here, can we turn down the heating?
Bake the cake in a hot oven, about 220°C, for 30 minutes.
The food was piping hot (= very hot).

More examples

  • In hot weather, we sell masses of cold drinks and ice creams.
  • Do you want this pie hot?
  • Is the water hot enough for a bath?
  • She passed him a mug of hot black coffee.
  • I like to sunbathe in the morning when the sun is not so hot.

hot adjective (SPICY)

B1 used to describe food that causes a burning feeling in the mouth:

a hot curry
hot, spicy food

More examples

  • I love Creole cooking, so hot and spicy.
  • He doesn't like a hot curry - he prefers a mild one.
  • This particular dish is extremely hot - be warned!
  • He covered the meat in a hot chilli sauce.
  • Only use a small amount of this curry powder - it's hotter than the type we usually use.

hot adjective (NEW/EXCITING)

C1 new and exciting:

Hollywood's hottest new actress
hot gossip
This 21-year-old actor has become Hollywood's hottest property.

More examples

  • What's a hot look this autumn?
  • I've got a hot tip for you.
  • They're a hot new band from Manchester.
  • Bold prints are a hot look this season.
  • The band are being tipped as one of the hot acts of next year.

hot adjective (MOST LIKELY)

hot tip informal

an accurate piece of advice about who will win a race:

Do you have any hot tips for this afternoon's race?
hot favourite UK

the person or animal that is most likely to win a race, competition, election, etc.:

He's the hot favourite to win the election.

hot adjective (SEXY)

informal sexually attractive, or feeling sexually excited:

She's really hot!
I'm hot for you, baby.
I've got a hot date tonight.

(Definition of “hot” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"hot" in American English

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us /hɑt/

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)