hothead meaning

hothead meaning

A hothead is someone who’s suddenly and easily angered or agitated. It’s usually a hothead who starts a riot or turns a peaceful protest violent.

A friend who seems calm one minute and furious the next is a hothead — and if you’ve ever witnessed a “road rage” incident involving an unreasonably angry driver, you know how unpredictable a hothead can be. This useful noun has been around since the 17th century, influenced by the Old English equivalent, hatheort or “hot heart,” and Elizabethan English’s hot-brain.

Definitions of hothead
  1. noun

    a reckless impetuous irresponsible person

    synonyms:
    daredevil, harum-scarum, lunatic, madcap, swashbuckler

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    types:

    tearaway

    a reckless and impetuous person

    type of:

    adventurer, venturer

    a person who enjoys taking risks
  2. noun

    a belligerent grouch

    synonyms:
    fire-eater

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    type of:

    churl, crank, crosspatch, grouch, grump

    a bad-tempered person
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