Green’s Dictionary of Slang

hot adj.

1. in sexual senses.

(a) [14C+] sexually aroused, sexually available.

(b) [late 19C+] of books, films etc, erotic, sexually arousing; thus of language, obscene.

(c) [late 19C+] orig. applied by men to women, sexy, sexually attractive.

2. in senses of immediacy, action.

(a) [mid-16C+] urgent, pressing, poss. dangerous.

(b) [late 19C+] in constant use; busy, hectic.

(c) [late 19C+] current, of the moment, up-to-date.

(d) [late 19C+] (US) fast or powerful.

3. [late 16C+] unpleasant; usu. in phr. make it hot (for).

4. with ref. to the emotions.

(a) [late 16C+] furious, extremely angry.

(b) [late 16C+] zealous, eager, enthusiastic.

(c) [mid-17C+] of people, reckless, boisterous.

(d) [18C+] lively, energetic.

(e) [mid-19C+] severe.

(f) [1900s-10s] annoying/unacceptable.

(g) [1920s+] tense.

5. in Und. and related uses.

(a) [late 16C+] dangerous, thus unsafe for criminal activity.

(b) [17C+] in weak use of sense 5a, in difficulties (other than criminal).

(c) [mid-19C+] of people, known to or wanted by the police, suspect.

(d) [mid-19C+] of goods, stolen.

(e) [1920s–60s] (US Und.) of a house or place, occupied while being robbed.

(f) [1920s+] of money or documents, forged or counterfeit.

(g) [1930s] (US Und.) marked for death.

(h) [1930s+] (US prison) smuggled.

(i) [1940s–50s] of dice or other form of gambling equipment, crooked.

6. with ref. to the human body.

(a) [17C–19C] suffering from venereal disease or pubic lice.

(b) [17C+] (US) drunk; usu. in combs., e.g. hot as a red wagon, hotter than love in haying-time, hotter than a skunk.

(c) [1930s+] (US drugs) of an injection or drug, likely to cause death.

(d) [1940s+] healthy; usu. as a negative, e.g. ‘not feeling too hot’.

(e) [1950s+] (US) of a part of a body, an organ, seriously physically infected.

(f) testing positive for drugs.

7. in senses of excellence or skill.

(a) [early 17C; mid-19C+] (US) first-rate.

(b) [mid-19C+] very adept, skilful.

(c) [20C+] of a sportsman, playing well, on top form; also used fig. of any contestant or performer, or in business etc.

8. indicative of something positive.

(a) [mid-19C+] (orig. US) highly amusing, esp. if ironic, ludicrous; thus a hot one.

(b) [mid-19C+] attractive, pleasurable, a general term of approval.

(c) [20C+] very promising, potentially useful, thus commercially successful.

(d) [1970s+] (US) lucky.

9. used of inanimate objects.

(a) [20C+] in the context of gunfire etc., dangerous.

(b) [1930s+] (US) electrified.

(c) [1940s+] (US) radioactive.

(d) [1950s+] of a bullet, loaded into the weapon’s chamber; of a gun, loaded.

(e) of a microphone, open.

In compounds


see also separate entries.

hot back (n.)

[late 19C] (US) a (hard) blow on the the back.

hot-backed (adj.)

[17C] of a woman, promiscuous, sexually voracious.

hot book (n.)

[1940s+] (US) a pornographic magazine, book.

hot-bot (n.) (also Lady Hot-bot) [abbr. SE bottom]

[20C+] a promiscuous, sexually voracious woman.

hot boy (n.)

[late 19C+] (orig. US black) a fashionable young man, a ‘young blood’.

hot burglary (n.)

[1970s] (US Und.) aggravated burglary.

hot chair (n.) (also hot armchair, ...stool, red hot chair)

[1920s+] (US) the electric chair.

hot corner (n.) [orig. used of game shooting, where the shooter must fire fast to hit the maximum number of birds]

1. [mid-19C–1900s] a difficult situation in which one finds oneself threatened, bullied or otherwise under attack.

2. [2000s] a corner that is a site for drug-selling.

hot-dish (adj.) (also hot-slop)

[late 19C] (US campus) attractive, fashionable.

hot end (n.) [SE end, with the idea of a lollipop]

[late 19C] (US) problems.

hot fat injection (n.) [injection n. (2)]

[1930s–50s] (Aus./US) sexual intercourse.

hot fling (n.) [SE fling, a fit of self-indulgence. Note 16C fling, to wriggle the buttocks during sex]

[20C+] a particularly active bout of sex, esp. with a new partner.

hot hay (n.) [hay n. (3b)]

[1930s] (US drugs) marijuana.

hot head (n.)

[1970s] (US prison) a prison homosexual.

hot-headed (adj.)

1. [late 17C] hungover.

2. [late 17C–18C] drunk.

hot-house (n.)

1. [mid-17C] a lock hospital for the treatment of veneral diseases.

2. [1940s] (US teen) a school.

hot-lips (n.)

[1920s+] (US) a nickname applied to someone with a reputation for passionate kissing.

hot load (n.)

[1970s+] (US) a powerful firearm cartridge.

hot minute (n.) (also hot second)

[1920s+] (US) a moment.

In compounds

hot nuts (n.) [nuts n.2 (1)]

[1930s+] (US) usu. of a man, strong sexual desire.

hot oil (n.)

[1980s] (US black) a self-opinionated person, an important person.

hot plate (n.) [pun on SE hot plate]

[1940s] (US Und.) the electric chair.

hot pockaroo (n.) (also hot potcharooney)

[1960s+] (US gay) the buttocks.

hotpoint (v.) [the trickster points out something that is supposedly hot]

[1970s+] (Aus.) to fool, to take advantage by trickery; thus hotpointer, one who does this.

hot-pot (n.)

1. [20C+] (Aus.) in horseracing, the favourite.

2. [1920s–30s] (US black) a sexually promiscuous woman.

hot property (n.) (also hot)

1. [1950s+] a success, a sensation.

2. an important person.

hot rail (n.)

[2000s] (US prison) an instance where a group of inmates stand around a particular prisoner during visiting time so that he can have sex with his partner.

hot session (n.)

[1920s+] (US) a good time (orig. sexual intercourse).

hot shop (n.)

1. (Aus./UK Und.) of a place, frequented by the underworld.

2. an unpleasant situation (caused by weapons fire).

hot sock (n.)

[1920s] (US) a good dancer.

hot stick (adj.)

of a man, sexually voracious.

hot-tailed (adj.) (also hot-tail) [tail n. (2)]

1. [late 17C–18C] infected with venereal disease.

2. [1960s+] of a woman, lecherous, lascivious.

hot tongue (n.)

[1920s–30s] (US tramp) a sexually passionate woman.

hot topic (n.)

[1990s+] one who has a far-reaching reputation.

hot ’un (n.)

1. [mid-19C] a gulp of liquor.

2. [mid-19C+] a painful, punishing blow or fight.

3. [late 19C–1900s] a debauchee, a degenerate.

hot willie dog (adj.)

[late 19C] (US campus) smart, fashionable, showy.

In phrases

bit hot, a (adj.)

[late 19C+] excessive, extreme.

come hot (v.)

[1930s–40s] (US Und.) for a confidence man to go ahead with his plan, even when the victim knows that he is being swindled.

get hot on (v.)

[1920s] (US) to get busy, to put in extra effort.

get the hot end of (v.)

[20C+] (US) to be victimized, to be given a hard time.

have a hot back (v.)

[late 16C] to be sexually aroused or available.

have a hot mouth (v.)

[20C+] (W.I., Guyn.) to answer cheekily, to talk back.

have a hot stomach (v.) [one is warm enough without the pawned garments and one’s stomach is hot (sense 4b above) for drink]

[late 18C–early 19C] to pawn one’s clothes to get money for buying liquor; also ext. as have so hot a stomach as to burn the clothes off his back.

hot as...

see separate entry.

hot enough to fuck (adj.) [fuck v. (1)]

[1960s+] (US) very angry, furious.

hot for (adj.) (also hot about, ...on,, ...upon)

[18C+] (orig. US) enthusiastic, keen on, esp. sexually.

hot in the box (adj.)

see under box n.1

hot in the socks (adj.)

[1920s] (US) very energetic and lively.

hot it up (v.)

[1960s] (S.Afr.) to go out on a spree.

hot-lot it (v.)

[1970s] (US) to go at great speed.

hot (up) (v.)

[20C+] of events, to become more exciting, more dramatic.

In phrases

make it hot for (v.) (also make it warm for)

[mid-19C+] to punish, to make life difficult for someone.

not so hot (also not that hot, no too hot)

1. [1920s+] (orig. US) a general negative phr., not very good, unattractive, displeasing etc.

2. less than fully capable or competent.

run hot (v.)

1. [1980s+] (Aus. prison) to do something illegally with a strong chance of being found out.

2. [1980s+] (Aus. prison) to have a run of good luck, e.g. in gambling.

3. [1990s+] (W.I.) to be wanted, whether by fans or the police.

4. [1990s+] (W.I.) to have prolonged sexual intercourse.

SE in slang uses

In compounds


see also separate entries.

hot-and-dirty (n.)

[1900s] (Aus.) coffee.

hot and nice (n.)

[1940s] (W.I.) a meat patty.

hotbed (n.) [the beds are continually occupied] [1930s+] (US)

1. a bed in a cheap rooming-house that could be hired for 25 cents for eight hours.

2. (also hot-bed house) a cheap rooming-house.

3. (also hot-bed hotel) a cheap brothel or hotel that rents out beds to prostitutes and their short-time clients.

hot-knife (n.)

[1980s+] (drugs) smoking cannabis from a heated knife; the fumes are sucked up through a broken-off milk-bottle neck.

hot milk (n.)

[late 19C; 1970s] semen.

hot one (n.)

1. [1980s] (Aus. drugs) a cannabis cigarette.

2. see also separate entry .

hotpot (n.)

[late 17C–early 19C] a hot drink made of ale and brandy.

hotsmoke (n.)

[1990s+] (drugs) the smoking of crack cocaine.

hot stepper (n.) [he runs off ‘as if his feet were on fire’]

[20C+] (W.I./UK black teen) a prison-breaker, a fugitive from prison or a penal institution.

hot stopping (n.)

[mid-19C] hot spirits and water.

hot tiger (n.)

[mid-19C] a mixture of hot-spiced ale and sherry, originated at Oxford University.

In phrases

like a hen on a hot griddle (also like a hen on a hot plate, brick, like a chicken on a hot griddle, like a duck..., like a flea..., like a bear over/on hot iron, like a bug on a hot frying pan, like a goose on a hot plate)

[mid-19C+] (US/Irish) in an agitated or nervous manner.

like hot cakes [mid-19C+] (orig. US)

1. (also like hot pies, like hot cross buns) of a product or commodity, to sell out quickly; usu. as go (off) like hot cakes or sell like...

2. of anything else, quickly, plentifully.

In exclamations

hot baby!

[1920s] (US) an excl. of surprise.

hot diggety (dog)!

see separate entry.

hot dog!

see separate entry.

hot puppy! (also hot pup! hot puppies!) [var. on hot dog! excl.]

[1920s+] (US) an excl. of pleasure.

hot spit!

[1930s+] (US) an excl. in response to anything good, exciting, sexually attractive.

hot ziggety! (also hotzickity! hot ziddity! hot-ziggedy! hot ziggetty dog!) [var. on hot diggety (dog)! excl.]

[1900s–50s] (US) used to express excitement, enjoyment; also as adj., very enthusiastic.