Having a high temperature
Please drink this tea while it's hot.
لطفاً این چای رو تا گرم هست بنوش.
adjective (hotter, hottest)
1 having a high temperature:
I'm hot. Can you open the window?
It's hot today, isn't it?
Warm, hot or boiling? Warm means quite hot, especially in a pleasant way: Sit by the fire. You'll soon be warm. Boiling means extremely hot, often in an unpleasant way: Turn the heating down – it's boiling in here!
2 Hot food has a strong, burning taste. same meaning spicy:
a hot curry
I. hot1 S1 W2 /hɒt $ hɑːt/ BrE AmE adjective (comparative hotter, superlative hottest)
[Language: Old English; Origin: hat]
1. HIGH TEMPERATURE
a) something that is hot has a high temperature – used about weather, places, food, drink, or objects OPP cold:
a hot day in July
It’s so hot in here. Can I open the window?
Be careful, the water’s very hot.
The bar serves hot and cold food.
people who live in hot countries (=where the weather is usually hot)
scorching/baking/roasting hot (also boiling/broiling hot )American English (=used about weather that is very hot)
a scorching hot week in August
stifling/sweltering/unbearably hot (=used about weather that is very hot and uncomfortable)
The office gets unbearably hot in summer.
boiling/scalding/steaming hot (=used about liquid that is extremely hot)
The coffee was scalding hot.
piping hot (=used about food that is nice and hot)
Serve the soup piping hot.
red hot (=used to describe an object or surface that is very hot)
The handle was red hot.
white hot (=used to describe metal that is extremely hot)
He held the metal in the flame until it became white hot.
b) if you feel hot, your body feels hot in a way that is uncomfortable:
I was hot and tired after the journey.
The wine made her feel hot.
c) if clothes are hot, they make you feel too hot in a way that is uncomfortable:
This sweater’s too hot to wear inside.
2. SPICY food that tastes hot has a burning taste because it contains strong spices OPP mild:
a hot curry
3. VERY POPULAR/FASHIONABLE informal something or someone that is hot is very popular or fashionable, and everyone wants to use them, see them, buy them etc:
one of the hottest young directors in Hollywood
Michael Owen is already one of soccer’s hottest properties (=actors or sports players who are very popular).
The movie is going to be this summer’s hot ticket (=an event that is very popular or fashionable, and that everyone wants to go and see).
be the hottest thing since (sliced bread) (=used about someone or something that is very good and popular, so that everyone wants them)
4. GOOD informal very good, especially in a way that is exciting:
a hot young guitar player
a hot piece of software
His new film is hot stuff (=very good).
be hot at doing something
She’s pretty hot at swimming, too.
not so hot/not very hot informal (=not very good)
Some of the tracks on the record are great, but others are not so hot.
be hot shit American English informal not polite (=used about someone or something that people think is very good)
a) informal someone who is hot is very attractive sexually:
The girls all think he’s hot stuff.
b) informal a film, book, photograph etc that is hot is sexually exciting:
his hot and steamy first novel
c) a hot date informal a meeting with someone who you feel very attracted to sexually:
She has a hot date with Michel.
d) be hot on/for somebody informal to be sexually attracted to someone
6. DIFFICULT/DANGEROUS [not before noun] informal difficult or dangerous to deal with:
If things get too hot (=a situation becomes too difficult or dangerous to deal with), I can always leave.
Wilkinson found his opponent a little too hot to handle (=too difficult to deal with or beat).
The climate was too hot politically to make such radical changes.
7. a hot issue/topic etc a subject that a lot of people are discussing, especially one that causes a lot of disagreement:
The affair was a hot topic of conversation.
one of the hottest issues facing medical science
8. in the hot seat in an important position and responsible for making difficult decisions
9. in hot water if someone is in hot water, they are in trouble because they have done something wrong:
The finance minister found himself in hot water over his business interests.
land/get yourself in hot water
She got herself in hot water with the authorities.
a) get hot under the collar spoken to become angry – used especially when people get angry in an unreasonable way about something that is not important:
I don’t understand why people are getting so hot under the collar about it.
b) have a hot temper someone who has a hot temper becomes angry very easily ⇨ ↑hot-tempered
11. hot and bothered informal upset and confused because you have too much to think about or because you are in a hurry:
People were struggling with bags and cases, looking hot and bothered.
12. have/hold something in your hot little hand informal used to emphasize that you have something:
You’ll have the report in your hot little hands by Monday.
13. RECENT/EXCITING NEWS hot news is about very recent events and therefore interesting or exciting:
Do you want to hear about all the latest hot gossip?
14. be hot off the press if news or a newspaper is hot off the press, it has just recently been printed
15. CHASING SOMEBODY/SOMETHING CLOSELY
a) in hot pursuit following someone quickly and closely because you want to catch them:
The car sped away, with the police in hot pursuit.
b) hot on sb’s trail/tail close to and likely to catch someone you have been chasing:
The other car was hot on his tail.
c) hot on sb’s heels following very close behind someone:
Mrs Bass’s dog was already hot on his heels.
16. come/follow hot on the heels of something to happen or be done very soon after something else:
The news came hot on the heels of another plane crash.
17. hot on the trail of something very close to finding something:
journalists hot on the trail of a news story
18. blow/go hot and cold to keep changing your mind about whether you like or want to do something:
She keeps blowing hot and cold about the wedding.
19. go hot and cold to experience a strange feeling in which your body temperature suddenly changes, because you are very frightened, worried, or shocked
20. I don’t feel too hot/so hot/very hot spoken informal I feel slightly ill:
I’m not feeling too hot today.
21. be hot on something informal
a) to know a lot about something:
He’s pretty hot on aircraft.
b) British English to be very strict about something SYN tight:
The company is very hot on security.
22. be hot for something informal to be ready for something and want it very much:
Europe is hot for a product like this.
He was hot for revenge.
23. be hot to trot informal
a) to be ready to do something or be involved with something
b) to feel sexually excited and want to have sex with someone
24. hot competition if the competition between people or companies is hot, they are all trying very hard to win or succeed:
Competition for the best jobs is getting hotter all the time.
25. hot favourite the person, team, horse etc that people think is most likely to win
26. hot tip a good piece of advice about the likely result of a race, business deal etc:
a hot tip on the stock market
27. STOLEN GOODS informal goods that are hot have been stolen
28. MUSIC informal music that is hot has a strong exciting ↑rhythm
29. more something than you’ve had hot dinners British English spoken humorous used to say that someone has had a lot of experience of something and has done it many times:
She’s delivered more babies than you’ve had hot dinners.
30. hot money money that is frequently moved from one country to another in order to make a profit
⇨ ↑hotly, ↑hots
• • •
▪ hot used especially when you feel uncomfortable: I feel really hot. | The travellers were hot, tired, and thirsty.
▪ warm a little hot, especially in a way that feels comfortable: Are you warm enough? | We had to keep moving in order to keep warm.
▪ boiling (hot) spoken very hot: You must be boiling in that sweater! | ‘I’m going for a swim,' said Gary. ’I’m boiling.' | I felt boiling hot and tried to open one of the windows.
▪ feverish feeling very hot because you are ill: His head ached and he felt feverish. | Hannah was slightly feverish, so we decided to call the doctor.
▪ hot used especially when you feel uncomfortable: a hot day | It’s too hot to do any work.
▪ warm a little hot, especially in a way that seems pleasant: a warm summer’s evening | It’s supposed to be a bit warmer tomorrow.
▪ boiling (hot) spoken very hot: The weather was boiling hot. | a boiling hot day | It was absolutely boiling this lunchtime.
▪ baking (hot) British English very hot and dry: a baking hot afternoon | The weather was baking hot and conditions at the camp became unbearable. | It’s baking out there in the garden – I need a drink.
▪ scorching (hot) very hot: It was another scorching hot July day. | When we got there, the weather was scorching. | Arizona is scorching hot every day.
▪ humid/muggy hot and damp: This week sees a return to more humid conditions. | Hong Kong gets very humid at this time of year. | In June the weather was often muggy in the evenings. | It was a warm muggy afternoon, and it looked like it would rain.
▪ hot used especially when you feel uncomfortable: The office was uncomfortably hot. | The meeting was in a tiny hot room with no air conditioning.
▪ warm a little hot, especially in a way that seems pleasant: It’s nice and warm by the fire. | They were all sitting in the warm kitchen, sipping mugs of cocoa.
▪ boiling (hot) spoken very hot: It’s boiling in here. Can I open the window? | a boiling hot New York recording studio
▪ like an oven much too hot in a way that is uncomfortable – used about rooms and buildings: The inside of the shed was like an oven.
■ food/liquid/something you touch
▪ hot: a hot drink | hot meals | Eat your food while it’s hot.
▪ warm a little hot, especially in a way that seems pleasant: The bread was still warm from the oven. | the warm waters of the Caribbean
▪ boiling (hot) spoken very hot: The water’s boiling hot. | Boiling-hot steam shoots out from underground. | The mud in the pools is boiling.
▪ lukewarm /ˌluːkˈwɔːm◂ $ -ˈwɔːrm◂/ slightly warm, but not hot enough – used about liquids: a cup of lukewarm coffee | The bath water was lukewarm.
hot [hot hotter hottest hots hotted hotting] adjective, verb [hɒt] [hɑːt]
adjective (hot·ter, hot·test)
1. having a high temperature; producing heat
• Do you like this hot weather?
• It's hot today, isn't it?
• It was hot and getting hotter.
• It was the hottest July on record.
• a hot dry summer
• Be careful— the plates are hot.
• All rooms have hot and cold water.
• a hot bath
• a hot meal (= one that has been cooked)
• I couldn't live in a hot country (= one which has high average temperatures).
• Cook in a very hot oven.
• Eat it while it's hot.
• I touched his forehead. He felt hot and feverish.
see also baking hot, boiling hot, piping hot, red-hot, white-hot
2. (of a person) feeling heat in an unpleasant or uncomfortable way
• Is anyone too hot?
• I feel hot.
• Her cheeks were hot with embarrassment.
3. making you feel hot
• London was hot and dusty.
• a long hot journey
FOOD WITH SPICES
4. containing pepper and spices and producing a burning feeling in your mouth
• hot spicy food
• You can make a curry hotter simply by adding chillies.
• hot mustard
CAUSING STRONG FEELINGS
5. involving a lot of activity, argument or strong feelings
• Today we enter the hottest phase of the election campaign.
• The environment has become a very hot issue.
• Competition is getting hotter day by day.
6. difficult or dangerous to deal with and making you feel worried or uncomfortable
• When things got too hot most journalists left the area.
• They're making life hot for her.
7. (informal) new, exciting and very popular
• This is one of the hottest clubs in town.
• They are one of this year's hot new bands.
• The couple are Hollywood's hottest property.
8. fresh, very recent and usually exciting
• I've got some hot gossip for you!
• a story that is hot off the press (= has just appeared in the newspapers)
9. only before noun likely to be successful
• She seems to be the hot favourite for the job.
• Do you have any hot tips for today's race?
GOOD AT STH/KNOWING A LOT
10. not before noun ~ at/on sth (informal) very good at doing sth; knowing a lot about sth
• Don't ask me— I'm not too hot on British history.
11. if sb has a hot temper they become angry very easily
12. feeling or causing sexual excitement
• You were as hot for me as I was for you.
• I've got a hot date tonight.
13. containing scenes, statements, etc. that are too shocking or too critical and are likely to cause anger or disapproval
• Some of the nude scenes were regarded as too hot for Broadway.
• The report was highly critical of senior members of the Cabinet and was considered too hot to publish.
see also hot stuff
14. not before noun ~ on sth thinking that sth is very important and making sure that it always happens or is done
• They're very hot on punctuality at work.
15. (of music, especially jazz) having a strong and exciting rhythm
16. stolen and difficult to get rid of because they can easily be recognized
• I'd never have touched those CDs if I'd known they were hot.
IN CHILDREN'S GAMES
17. not before noun used in children's games to say that the person playing is very close to finding a person or thing, or to guessing the correct answer
• You're getting hot!
more at blow hot and cold at blow v., like a cat on hot bricks at cat, (hard/hot) on sb's/sth's heels at heel n., strike while the iron is hot at strike v.
Old English hāt, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch heet and German heiss.
• I'll feel better after a hot bath.
warm • • heated • • burning • • boiling • • humid • • sultry • • red-hot •
• a hot curry with plenty of chillies
spicy • • strong •
a hot/spicy/strong flavour
a hot/spicy curry
• Don't you feel hot so close to the fire?
• His face grew hot at the memory of his embarrassment.
• His forehead was burning hot.
• I love really hot food.
• I was boiling hot and sweaty.
• It was unbearably hot in the car.
• Make sure the fat is sizzling hot.
• Serve hot or cold accompanied by bread and a salad.
• She was beginning to get uncomfortably hot.
• That was a pretty hot curry!
• The containers keep the food hot for five hours.
• The food should stay hot until we're ready to eat.
• The ground was hot enough to fry an egg on.
• The sun shone fiercely down and it grew hotter and hotter.
• This weather's a bit hot for me.
• Wash the tablecloth in fairly hot soapy water.
• a boiling hot summer day
• a bowl of piping hot soup
• white-hot metal
• Eat it while it's hot.
• He brought out a plate of sausages covered in hot mustard.
• Her cheeks grew hot with embarrassment.
• I couldn't live in a hot country.
• I touched his forehead. It was burning hot.
• I was feeling a bit hot so I went outside for a moment.
• I'll feel better after a hot bath.
• It had been a long hot journey.
• It's hot today, isn't it?
• Leave the pie in the oven for about half an hour, until piping hot.
• The canteen provides hot meals as well as salads and snacks.
• The couple are Hollywood's hottest property.
• They are one of this year's hot new bands on the rock scene.
Idioms: go hot and cold ▪ go like hot cakes ▪ hot and bothered ▪ hot on somebody's heels ▪ hot on somebody's trail ▪ hot to trot ▪ hot under the collar ▪ in hot pursuit ▪ in into hot water ▪ not so hot
Derived: hot up
Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary - 4th Edition
hot / hɒt / / hɑːt / adjective ( hotter , hottest ) (VERY WARM)
A1 having a high temperature:
a hot sunny day
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) .
hot / hɒt / / hɑːt / adjective ( hotter , hottest ) (SPICY)
B1 describes food that causes a burning feeling in the mouth:
a hot curry
hot spicy food
→ Opposite mild adjective (FOOD)
hot / hɒt / / hɑːt / adjective ( hotter , hottest ) (CAUSING DISAGREEMENT)
C1 describes a subject that causes a lot of disagreement or discussion:
Global warming has become a very hot issue.
hot / hɒt / / hɑːt / adjective ( hotter , hottest ) (NEW/EXCITING)
C1 new and exciting:
Hollywood's hottest new actress
This 21-year-old actor has become Hollywood's hottest property .
hot / hɒt / / hɑːt / adjective [ after verb ] ( hotter , hottest ) informal (SKILFUL)
knowing a lot or skilful:
I'm not too hot on Russian history.
hot / hɒt / / hɑːt / adjective ( hotter , hottest ) (MOST LIKELY)
hot tip informal an accurate piece of advice about who will win a race:
Have you got any hot tips for this afternoon's race?
hot favourite 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 / hɒt / / hɑːt / adjective ( hotter , hottest ) (DEMANDING)
be hot on sth informal to think that a particular thing is very important and to demand that it is done well or correctly:
They're very hot on dress at work so she always looks very smart for the office.
hot / hɒt / / hɑːt / adjective ( hotter , hottest ) slang (STOLEN)
describes goods that have been recently stolen and are therefore difficult to sell or dangerous to deal with because the police are still looking for them
hot / hɒt / / hɑːt / adjective ( hotter , hottest ) informal (SEXY)
sexually attractive, or feeling sexually excited:
She's hot alright.
I'm hot for you, baby.
I've got a hot date tonight.
hot / hɒt / / hɑːt / adjective ( hotter , hottest ) (ANGRY)
If someone has a hot temper, they are easily made angry.
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(hotter, hottest, hots, hotting, hotted)
Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.
Something that is hot has a high temperature.
When the oil is hot, add the sliced onion...
What he needed was a hot bath and a good sleep...
≠ cold, cool
Hot is used to describe the weather or the air in a room or building when the temperature is high.
It was too hot even for a gentle stroll...
It was a hot, humid summer day...
≠ chilly, cold
If you are hot, you feel as if your body is at an unpleasantly high temperature.
I was too hot and tired to eat more than a few mouthfuls...
ADJ: usu v-link ADJ
You can say that food is hot when it has a strong, burning taste caused by chillies, pepper, or ginger.
...a dish that’s spicy but not too hot.
A hot issue or topic is one that is very important at the present time and is receiving a lot of publicity. (JOURNALISM)
The role of women in war has been a hot topic of debate in America since the Gulf conflict.
ADJ: usu ADJ n
Hot news is new, recent, and fresh. (INFORMAL)
...eight pages of the latest movies, video releases and the hot news from Tinseltown.
ADJ: usu ADJ n
You can use hot to describe something that is very exciting and that many people want to see, use, obtain, or become involved with. (INFORMAL)
The hottest show in town was the Monet Exhibition at the Art Institute...
ADJ: usu ADJ n
You can use hot to describe something that no one wants to deal with, often because it has been illegally obtained and is very valuable or famous. (INFORMAL)
If too much publicity is given to the theft of important works, the works will become too hot to handle and be destroyed.
ADJ: usu v-link ADJ
You can describe a situation that is created by a person’s behaviour or attitude as hot when it is unpleasant and difficult to deal with. (INFORMAL)
When the streets get too hot for them, they head south in one stolen car after another.
ADJ: usu v-link ADJ
A hot contest is one that is intense and involves a great deal of activity and determination. (INFORMAL)
It took hot competition from abroad, however, to show us just how good Scottish cashmere really is.
ADJ: usu ADJ n
If a person or team is the hot favourite, people think that they are the one most likely to win a race or competition.
Atlantic City is the hot favourite to stage the fight.
ADJ: ADJ n
Someone who has a hot temper gets angry very quickly and easily.
His hot temper was making it increasingly difficult for others to work with him.
ADJ: usu ADJ n
see also hot-tempered
If someone blows hot and cold, they keep changing their attitude towards something, sometimes being very enthusiastic and at other times expressing no interest at all.
The media, meanwhile, has blown hot and cold on the affair.
PHRASE: V inflects, oft PHR on/over/about n
If you are hot and bothered, you are so worried and anxious that you cannot think clearly or behave sensibly.
Ray was getting very hot and bothered about the idea.
PHRASE: v-link PHR, oft PHR about n
If you say that one person has the hots for another, you mean that they feel a strong sexual attraction to that person. (INFORMAL)
I’ve had the hots for him ever since he came to college.
PHRASE: V inflects
1hot /ˈhɑːt/ adj hot·ter; hot·test
1 a : having a high temperature
• hot August nights
• hot and humid weather
• taking a hot bath/shower
• a hot climate/country
• It is/gets hot in the summer and cold in the winter.
• The baked potatoes were too hot to handle with our bare hands.
• We worked all afternoon in/under the hot sun.
• The chicken was fried in hot oil.
• Your forehead feels hot. I think you might have a fever.
• a blazing/sizzling/steaming hot afternoon
• boiling/burning/fiery hot
- see also red-hot, white-hot
b : having a feeling of high body heat
• I was feeling hot and tired.
c of food or drink : heated to a hot or warm temperature : served at a hot or warm temperature
• hot cereal
• a hot meal
• a selection of hot beverages
- see also piping hot
a : currently liked or wanted by many people
• The new toys are so hot that stores can't keep them in stock.
• a hot new restaurant
• He's considered a hot [=appealing, desirable] prospect. : currently very active or strong
• Her new book is a hot seller.
• She spoke about the latest hot trends in the computer industry. : currently causing a lot of interest or discussion
• reporters pursuing a hot story
• a hot concept/idea
• His decision has been a hot topic of conversation.
✦Something or someone that is a hot commodity/item/property is currently very valuable or popular.
• Exotic mushrooms are a hot commodity.
• The success of her latest movie has made her a hot property in Hollywood.
• Computer games are a hot item in stores this year.
b : very good - usually used in negative statements
• I don't think that's such a hot idea. [=I don't think it's a good idea]
• He came home early because he wasn't feeling too hot. [=he wasn't feeling well]
• Things aren't looking so hot at this point.
c : having a period of unusual success or good luck
• The team has been hot recently. = The team has recently been on a hot streak. [=the team has been winning a lot recently]
• When you're hot, you're hot. [=when you are having good luck, you keep winning or succeeding repeatedly]
3 a : marked by anger or strong feelings
• a hot [=heated] argument
• His decision has been a topic of hot debate.
• This is an area of hot dispute.
✦An issue or topic that is too hot to handle causes so much anger or controversy that people avoid discussing or dealing with it.
b always used before a noun : easily excited or angered
• He's known for his hot [=bad] temper.
c : angry
• He was starting to get pretty hot about the delays.
• You shouldn't allow these little delays to get you all hot and bothered. [=to make you angry and upset]
- see also hot under the collar (below)
4 of food : having a spicy or peppery flavor
• hot chilis
• hot sauce/mustard
• Do you prefer your curry hot or mild?
a : sexually excited by or interested in someone - + for
• Everyone knows she's hot for the new guy in her office.
b : sexually attractive
• The girl he's dating is really hot.
• He was voted the hottest [=sexiest] actor in Hollywood.
c : exciting in a sexual or romantic way
• He's nervous because he has a hot date tonight.
d of sex : very intense or exciting
• hot sex
e : eager
- usually followed by to + verb
• She's hot to party.
- sometimes + for
• The students are hot for reform.
6 music : having an exciting rhythm
• hot jazz
7 informal : very strong or determined
• We're going to face some hot competition.
8 : newly made : fresh and warm
• bread hot from the oven
✦Something, such as a story or book, that is hot off the press has just recently been completed, published, or printed.
• His new book is hot off the press.
9 : following closely
• The police are in hot pursuit of the escaped convicts. [=the police are chasing the convicts and are close to catching them]
✦To be hot on the heels of or hot on the trail of someone is to be chasing someone very closely.
• The escaped convicts are heading south, but the police are hot on their heels.
• The police are hot on the trail of the escaped convicts. To be/follow/come hot on the heels of something is to come or happen immediately or very soon after something.
• Their second album is coming hot on the heels of the first. To be hot on the trail of something is to be very close to doing, finding, or getting something.
• The company says it is hot on the trail of a new cancer treatment.
10 : very bright
• hot colors
• hot pink
11 : carrying electric current
• The black wire is hot.
12 informal : recently stolen
• hot jewels
13 informal : dangerous and difficult : difficult to deal with because of danger
• criminals who leave town when things get hot [=when there is too much danger that they will be caught by the police]
blow hot and cold
- see 1blow
hot and heavy informal : sexually intense, active, or exciting
• They have a very hot and heavy relationship.
hot on informal : strongly favoring or liking (something)
• The company president is very hot on [=big on] the idea of developing new products.
hot tip informal : a valuable piece of information about something (such as the stock market or a horse race) that can help someone get money or an advantage
hot to trot informal : very eager to have sex
• a movie about a couple of college students who are hot to trot
hot under the collar informal : angry or upset
• He tends to get a little hot under the collar when his wife keeps him waiting.
like a hot knife through butter
- see 1knife
strike while the iron is hot
- see 1strike
- hot·ly adv
• a hotly contested election
• a hotly debated issue
• He hotly denied any involvement in the controversy.
- hot·ness noun [noncount]
• the hotness [=spiciness] of the pepper