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From Middle English fyry, from fyr (fire). Equivalent to fire +‎ -y.



fiery (comparative more fiery or fierier, superlative most fiery or fieriest)

  1. Of or relating to fire.
  2. Burning or glowing.
    • 2006, Edwin Black, chapter 1, in Internal Combustion:
      Blast after blast, fiery outbreak after fiery outbreak, like a flaming barrage from within, [] most of Edison's grounds soon became an inferno.  As though on an incendiary rampage, the fires systematically devoured the contents of Edison's headquarters and facilities.
  3. Inflammable or easily ignited.
  4. Having the colour of fire.
  5. Hot or inflamed.
    • 1892, James Yoxall, chapter 5, in The Lonely Pyramid:
      The desert storm was riding in its strength; the travellers lay beneath the mastery of the fell simoom. [] Drifts of yellow vapour, fiery, parching, stinging, filled the air.
  6. Tempestuous or emotionally volatile.
    a fiery temper
  7. Spirited or filled with emotion.

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