hot rod

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Attested since 1945 in American English, specifically meaning ‘hunk of metal’.[1]


hot rod (plural hot rods)

  1. Typically a passenger vehicle modified to run and/or accelerate faster. The term may be used generically to apply to any car, truck, or motorcycle (et al.) modified for increased speed and/or performance. It may also be used to specifically describe and refer to modified cars from the original (or traditional) era of "hot rods", post World War II and prior to 1960.
    • 2017 December 1, Tom Breihan, “Mad Max: Fury Road might already be the best action movie ever made”, in The Onion AV Club[1]:
      Miller famously tried to use as little CGI as possible in Fury Road. Instead, he got people to make the freaky, impossible cars he’d envisioned—the spike-covered scavenger-mobiles, the monster-truck hot rod, the enormous War Rig that really serves as a main character in itself—into functional vehicles.
  2. (sexuality, slang) Synonym of penis


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hot rod (third-person singular simple present hot rods, present participle hot roding, simple past and past participle hot roded) or hotrod (slang)

  1. A colloquialism and slang term used to refer to the act of modifying a vehicle for enhanced driving performance, top speed, and/or to accelerate faster.
"Are you going to hot rod [the vehicle] or leave it stock?"


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  1. ^ hot rod” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2018.