hothot1 /hɒt $ hɑːt/ ●●●S1W2 adjective (comparative hotter, superlative hottest)1high temperatureHOTa)something that is hot has a high temperature – used about weather, places, food, drink, or objectsOPP colda hot day in JulyIt’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 Auguststifling/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)HOTif you feel hot, your body feels hot in a way that is uncomfortableI 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 uncomfortableThis sweater’s too hot to wear inside.2spicy food that tastes hot has a burning taste because it contains strong spicesOPP milda hot curry► see thesaurus at taste3very popular/fashionable informalSUCCESSFUL something or someone that is hot is very popular or fashionable, and everyone wants to use them, see them, buy them etcone of the hottest young directors in HollywoodGareth Bale is 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)4good informal very good, especially in a way that is excitinga hot young guitar playera hot piece of softwareHis new film is hot stuff (=very good).be hot at doing somethingShe’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)5sexya)informal someone who is hot is very attractive sexuallyThe girls all think he’s hot stuff.b)informal a film, book, photograph etc that is hot is sexually excitinghis hot and steamy first novelc)a hot date informal a meeting with someone who you feel very attracted to sexuallyShe has a hot date with Michel.d)be hot on/for somebody informalATTRACT to be sexually attracted to someone6difficult/dangerous [not before noun] informalPROBLEMdifficult or dangerous to deal withIf 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 etc8 →in the hot seat9 →in hot water10angryANGRYa)get hot under the collar spoken to become angry – used especially when people get angry in an unreasonable way about something that is not importantI don’t understand why people are getting so hot under the collar about it.b)have a hot temperANGRY someone who has a hot temper becomes angry very easily →hot-tempered11 →hot and bothered12 →have/hold something in your hot little hand13recent/exciting newsINTERESTING hot news is about very recentevents and therefore interesting or excitingDo you want to hear about all the latest hot gossip?14 →be hot off the press15chasing somebody/something closelya)in hot pursuit following someone quickly and closely because you want to catch themThe car sped away, with the police in hot pursuit.b)hot on somebody’s trail/tail close to and likely to catch someone you have been chasingThe other car was hot on his tail.c)hot on somebody’s heelsFOLLOW following very close behind someoneMrs Bass’s dog was already hot on his heels.16 →come/follow hot on the heels of something17 →hot on the trail of something18 →blow/go hot and cold19 →go hot and cold20 →I don’t feel too hot/so hot/very hot21 →be hot on something22 →be hot for something23 →be hot to trot24 →hot competition25 →hot favourite26 →hot tip27stolen goods informalSTEAL goods that are hot have been stolen28music informalAPMmusic that is hot has a strong exciting rhythm29 →more something than you’ve had hot dinners30 →hot money →hotly, hotsTHESAURUSpersonhot used especially when you feel uncomfortableI feel really hot.The travellers were hot, tired, and thirsty.warm a little hot, especially in a way that feels comfortableAre you warm enough?We had to keep moving in order to keep warm.boiling (hot) spoken very hotYou 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 illHis head ached and he felt feverish.Hannah was slightly feverish, so we decided to call the doctor.weatherhot used especially when you feel uncomfortablea hot dayIt’s too hot to do any work.warm a little hot, especially in a way that seems pleasanta warm summer’s eveningIt’s supposed to be a bit warmer tomorrow.boiling (hot) spoken very hotThe weather was boiling hot.a boiling hot dayIt was absolutely boiling this lunchtime.baking (hot) British English very hot and drya baking hot afternoonThe 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 hotIt was another scorching hot July day. When we got there, the weather was scorching.Arizona is scorching hot every day. humid/muggy hot and dampThis 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.roomhot used especially when you feel uncomfortableThe 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 pleasantIt’s nice and warm by the fire.They were all sitting in the warm kitchen, sipping mugs of cocoa.boiling (hot) spoken very hotIt’s boiling in here. Can I open the window?a boiling hot New York recording studiolike an oven much too hot in a way that is uncomfortable – used about rooms and buildingsThe inside of the shed was like an oven.food/liquid/something you touchhota hot drinkhot mealsEat your food while it’s hot.warm a little hot, especially in a way that seems pleasantThe bread was still warm from the oven.the warm waters of the Caribbeanboiling (hot) spoken very hotThe 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 liquidsa cup of lukewarm coffeeThe bath water was lukewarm.