piping hot

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to navigation Jump to search



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



piping hot (not comparable)

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