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


By now it was one o'clock; coming the hottest part of the day.

The hottest engagement centered about the ridge of Zandvoorde.

The dry is subdivided into hot, hotter, and hottest; but the wet stands alone.

Coldness he could put up with or the hottest sunshine, but he could not endure the damp.

The supernatural, or seemingly so, has always had power to chill the hottest blood.

Heyst remarked that they had never been out before during the hottest hours.

The Sierra Nevada peaks have snow the year round, even in the hottest summers.

Their habitat is in the hottest and driest parts of the country.

The enemy, too, was closing in upon us, and his fire was the hottest.

In the department of Sofia there are twenty-three, the hottest of which is Dolnia Bania.


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.