piping hot

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Etymology[edit]

Middle English First attested circa second half of 14th century, from the similarity between the sizzling sound of food cooking in a frying pan and that of musical pipes, from Canterbury Tales [1] by Geoffrey Chaucer:

"He singeth brokking¹ as a nightingale. / He sent her piment, mead, and spiced ale, / And wafers² piping hot out of the glede³: / And, for she was of town, he proffer'd meed."
¹ quavering, ² cakes, ³ coals

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Adjective[edit]

piping hot (not comparable)

  1. (idiomatic) Very hot.
    "Don't touch the pie! It's piping hot, straight out of the oven."

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