Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


Hurrying toward the biscuits and their hotness, Anne ran ahead with Peggy.

Solemnly, with the buzz of wine in his brain and its hotness in his blood, he returned the nod.

One is the "degree of electrification," the other, "the degree of hotness."

An intense degree of that is the hotness that is threatened.

He was horrid; but all the same the memory brought a hotness to her cheeks.

Chadron gave the order with a hotness about him, and an impatience not to be denied.

Hotness can not be latent, as the clown finds when he pockets the poker.

The day in his hotness,The strife with the palm;The night in her silence,The stars in their calm.

She told me once that she felt all the hotness you were suffering.

I felt just that way the day I broke grandfather's hotness measure, and mother said I must tell him myself.


Old English hat "hot, flaming, opposite of cold," also "fervent, fierce, intense, excited," from Proto-Germanic *haita- (cf. Old Saxon and Old Frisian het, Old Norse heitr, Middle Dutch and Dutch heet, German heiß "hot," Gothic heito "heat of a fever"), from PIE root *kai- "heat" (cf. Lithuanian kaistu "to grow hot").

The association of hot with sexuality dates back to c.1500. Taste sense of "pungent, acrid, biting" is from 1540s. Sense of "exciting, remarkable, very good" is 1895; that of "stolen" is first recorded 1925 (originally with overtones of "easily identified and difficult to dispose of"); that of "radioactive" is from 1942.

Hot flashes in the menopausal sense attested from 1887. Hot air "unsubstantiated statements, boastful talk" is from 1900. Hot stuff for anything good or excellent is by 1889. Hot potato in figurative sense is from 1846. The hot and cold in hide-and-seek or guessing games are from hunting (1640s), with notion of tracking a scent.


Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.