General English

General Science


  • adjective very warm, having a high temperature


  • Slang for a live or electrically charged wire or other electrical component.


  • (written as HOT)
    Heckscher-Ohlin Theorem.
  • acronym forHeckscher-Ohlin Theorem
    (written as HOT)
  • The proposition of the Heckscher-Ohlin Model that countries will have comparative advantage in, and therefore export, the goods that use relatively intensively their relatively abundant factors.




  • noun
    (written as HOT)
    a European-produced wire-guided anti-tank missile (ATGW).
  • acronym forhigh subsonic, optically guided, tube fire
    (written as HOT)


  • adjective stolen, from the image of something ‘too hot to handle’. The word was used in this sense in The Eustace Diamonds by Trollope in 1875.
  • adjective exciting, fashionable. A slang usage (from the language of jazz musicians in which ‘hot’, frenzied and fast, is contrasted with ‘cool’, relaxed and slow) which by the mid-1970s had become a common colloquialism.
  • adjective sexually excited or aroused. The adjective has always been used in this sense, both literally and figuratively.
  • adjective provocative, obstreperous. In this sense the word was defined by one of its users as ‘acting too obvious’ and denotes a transgression of the unwritten codes of behaviour of adolescent gangs. The term was recorded in use among North London schoolboys in 1993 and 1994.


  • adjective having a very strong and spicy taste


  • used to describe a wine that has high levels of alcohol, giving a burning sensation in the mouth

Origin & History of “hot”

Hot is the English member of a family of adjectives widespread in Germanic, but with very few outside relatives. Its first cousins are German heiss, Dutch heet, Swedish het, and Danish hed, which point back to a prehistoric Germanic ancestor *khaitaz (the English noun and verb heat come from the same source). Lithuanian kaisti and Latvian kaist ‘become hot’ are allied forms.