adjective (fierier; -est) Etymology: Middle English, from fire, fier fire Date: 13th century 1. a. consisting of fire b. marked by fire <
a fiery crash
c. using or carried out with fire d. liable to catch fire or explode ; flammable <
a fiery vapor
2. a. hot like a fire b. (1) being in an inflamed state or condition <
a fiery boil
(2) feverish and flushed <
a fiery forehead
3. of the color of fire ; red <
a fiery sunset
4. a. full of or exuding emotion or spirit <
a fiery sermon
b. easily provoked ; irritable <
a fiery temper
fierily adverbfieriness nounfiery adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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