1. (US) an aggressive, unruly young man.
|Pearls Are a Nuisance (1964) 98: Hell! You’re the guy that put the bee on that hot rod.‘Finger Man’ in|
|Go, Man, Go! 44: It’s just an act with him. It’s for real with you only, Hot Rod.|
|Brown’s Requiem 233: ‘Onward, Hot Rod,’ I said.|
|Clockers 547: Yeah, old Hot Rod. The guy’s probably looking at three and a half in.|
2. (also hot iron, hot-up, rod) a car modified for speed and flashiness.
|L.A. Times 31 May 5/2: My brother was barreling around in a hot rod (that’s a cut-down car) and I thought that was the thing to do.|
|Life 5 Nov. 87: A ‘hot rod,’ also called a ‘hot iron,’ or a ‘hot-up’ or ‘gow job,’ is an automobile stripped for speed and pepped up for power until it can travel 90 to 125 mph.|
|Monkey On My Back (1954) 183: They got hold of some hot rods and smashed them up.|
|On The Road (1972) 77: A burly blond kid in a souped-up rod.|
|City of Night 138: I remember her drivin it into that ole town like she was in a hotrod!|
|No Beast So Fierce 110: Didn’t you like hot rods when you were young?|
|Christine 139: I heard some kid’s rod peeling rubber.|
|Pulp Fiction [film script] 53: ext. vincent’s hot rod (moving) — night.|
|Black Tide (2012) [ebook] You brought me out in the appalling conveyance, this hot rod, for sweet bugger all.|
|Corrections 287: Your blue-collar ball-scratchers with their hot rods and beer belches.|
3. attrib. use of sense 2.
|On the Road (The Orig. Scroll) (2007) 118: A hotrod kid came by with his scarf flying.|
|(ref. to 1964) Life 159: When we first got to America [...] there was a lot of Beach Boys on the radio [...] hot rod songs and surfing songs.|
4. see rod n. (1)