What does fiery mean?

Definitions for fiery
ˈfaɪər i, ˈfaɪ ə rifie·ry

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word fiery.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ardent, fervent, fervid, fiery, impassioned, perfervid, torridadjective

    characterized by intense emotion

    "ardent love"; "an ardent lover"; "a fervent desire to change society"; "a fervent admirer"; "fiery oratory"; "an impassioned appeal"; "a torrid love affair"

  2. fiery, igneousadjective

    like or suggestive of fire

    "a fiery desert wind"; "an igneous desert atmosphere"

  3. fiery, flamingadjective

    very intense

    "a fiery temper"; "flaming passions"


  1. fieryadjective

    Of, or relating to fire

  2. fieryadjective

    Burning or glowing

  3. fieryadjective

    Inflammable or easily ignited

  4. fieryadjective

    Having the colour of fire

  5. fieryadjective

    Hot or inflamed

  6. fieryadjective

    Tempestuous or emotionally volatile

    a fiery temper

  7. fieryadjective

    Spirited or filled with emotion

  8. Etymology: firi, from fir.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Fieryadjective

    Etymology: from fire.

    Scarcely had Phœbus in the gloomy East
    Yet harnessed his fiery footed team,
    Ne rear’d above the earth his flaming crest,
    When the last deadly smoak aloft did steam. Fairy Queen.

    I know, thou’dst rather
    Follow thine enemy in a fiery gulph
    Than flatter him in a bower. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    Hath thy fiery heart so parcht thy entrails,
    That not a tear can fall for Rutland’s death? William Shakespeare, H. VI.

    Then fiery expedition be my wing,
    Jove’s Mercury, and herald for a king. William Shakespeare, Rich. III.

    I drew this gallant head of war,
    And cull’d these fiery spirits from the world,
    To outlook conquest, and to win renown
    Ev’n in the jaws of danger and of death. William Shakespeare, K. John.

    You know the fiery quality of the duke;
    How unremoveable, and fixt he is
    In his own course. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Then, as I said, the duke, great Bolingbroke,
    Mounted upon a hot and fiery steed,
    Which his aspiring rider seem’d to know,
    With slow but stately pace kept on his course. William Shakespeare, R. II.

    Through Elis and the Grecian towns he flew;
    Th’ audacious wretch four fiery coursers drew. Dryden.

    The sword which is made fiery doth not only cut, by reason of the sharpness which simply it hath, but also burn by means of that heat which it hath from fire. Richard Hooker, b. v. 54.

    See! from the brake the whirring pheasant springs,
    And mounts exulting on triumphant wings:
    Short is his joy; he feels the fiery wound,
    Flutters in blood, and panting beats the ground. Alexander Pope.


  1. fiery

    Fire is the rapid oxidation of a material (the fuel) in the exothermic chemical process of combustion, releasing heat, light, and various reaction products. At a certain point in the combustion reaction, called the ignition point, flames are produced. The flame is the visible portion of the fire. Flames consist primarily of carbon dioxide, water vapor, oxygen and nitrogen. If hot enough, the gases may become ionized to produce plasma. Depending on the substances alight, and any impurities outside, the color of the flame and the fire's intensity will be different.Fire in its most common form can result in conflagration, which has the potential to cause physical damage through burning. Fire is an important process that affects ecological systems around the globe. The positive effects of fire include stimulating growth and maintaining various ecological systems. Its negative effects include hazard to life and property, atmospheric pollution, and water contamination. If fire removes protective vegetation, heavy rainfall may lead to an increase in soil erosion by water. Also, when vegetation is burned, the nitrogen it contains is released into the atmosphere, unlike elements such as potassium and phosphorus which remain in the ash and are quickly recycled into the soil. This loss of nitrogen caused by a fire produces a long-term reduction in the fertility of the soil, but this fecundity can potentially be recovered as molecular nitrogen in the atmosphere is "fixed" and converted to ammonia by natural phenomena such as lightning and by leguminous plants that are "nitrogen-fixing" such as clover, peas, and green beans. Fire is one of the four classical elements and has been used by humans in rituals, in agriculture for clearing land, for cooking, generating heat and light, for signaling, propulsion purposes, smelting, forging, incineration of waste, cremation, and as a weapon or mode of destruction.


  1. fiery

    Fiery is an adjective that describes something that is characterized by intense heat, flames, or burning. It can also refer to something that is passionate, intense, or emotionally charged.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fieryadjective

    consisting of, containing, or resembling, fire; as, the fiery gulf of Etna; a fiery appearance

  2. Fieryadjective

    vehement; ardent; very active; impetuous

  3. Fieryadjective

    passionate; easily provoked; irritable

  4. Fieryadjective

    unrestrained; fierce; mettlesome; spirited

  5. Fieryadjective

    heated by fire, or as if by fire; burning hot; parched; feverish

  6. Etymology: [Formerly written firy, fr. fire.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Fiery

    fīr′i, or fī′ėr-i, adj. ardent: impetuous: irritable.—adv. Fier′ily.—ns. Fier′iness; Fier′y-cross (see Cross).—adjs. Fier′y-foot′ed, swift in motion; Fier′y-hot, impetuous; Fier′y-new, hot from newness; Fier′y-short, short and passionate.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. FIERY

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Fiery is ranked #124548 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Fiery surname appeared 138 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Fiery.

    86.2% or 119 total occurrences were White.
    8.7% or 12 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

Anagrams for fiery »

  1. firey

  2. reify

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fiery in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fiery in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of fiery in a Sentence

  1. Wang Yi:

    I think China's SSMs - surface-to-surface missiles, surface-to-air missiles on Woody Island ... Its new radars on Cuarteron Reef ... The 10,000-foot runway on Subi Reef ... and on Fiery Cross Reef and other places; these are actions that are changing in my opinion the operational landscape in the South China Sea.

  2. Scott C. Holstad:

    i drive 160 on the freeway in the hopes of a fiery escape my major x-mas wish and like everyone else i get shit life on a razor’s edge words that kill and guns that don’t

  3. Hasan Cemal:

    Erdogan has to date never held a real press conference, because he never wished to take and answer questions from those opposing him ... Even the coup leaders including Evren held press conferences, i harshly criticized Turgut Ozal. He still allowed me on his plane for trips, invited us to his press conferences and engaged in fiery debates with me and other opposition journalists. Even the second-class democracy of those times was better than today.

  4. Ian Storey:

    Fiery Cross is sensitive because it is presumed to be the future hub of Chinese military operations in the South China Sea, given its already extensive infrastructure, including its large and deep port and 3000-metre runway, the timing is interesting, too. It is a show of U.S. determination ahead of President Obama's trip to Vietnam later this month.

  5. Marquis de Sade:

    It has, moreover, been proven that horror, nastiness, and the frightful are what give pleasure when one fornicates. Beauty is a simple thing ugliness is the exceptional thing. And fiery imaginations, no doubt, always prefer the extraordinary thing to the simple thing.

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  • ناريArabic
  • пламенен, буен, горещ, страстен, пламтящ, огнен, запалим, горящ, огненочервен, пламналBulgarian
  • vznětlivý, ohnivýCzech
  • flammendeDanish
  • feurigGerman
  • ardienteSpanish
  • tulinen, palava, tulenarkaFinnish
  • ardent, enflammé, flamboyantFrench
  • fieryIrish
  • אֵשִׁיHebrew
  • उग्रHindi
  • infiammabile, incandescente, focoso, infocato, ardente, brucianteItalian
  • ignisLatin
  • ugningasLithuanian
  • flammende, brannrød, ildfullNorwegian
  • vurigDutch
  • brennendeNorwegian
  • ognistyPolish
  • inflamávelPortuguese
  • incandescentă, de foc, ardentă, aprins, arzând, incandescent, ardentRomanian
  • пламенный, горячий, жгучий, буйный, воспламеняющийся, горящий, страстный, огневой, огненныйRussian
  • eldfärgad, brandröd, eldigSwedish
  • คะนองThai
  • ateşliTurkish
  • вогненнийUkrainian
  • bốc lửaVietnamese

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