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Language tip of the week: hot

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This week’s language tip helps with some other ways of saying hot:



tepid almost cold: used especially of liquids: a mouthful of tepid coffee
lukewarm only slightly hot: used especially of food or liquids: Wash the sweater in lukewarm water.
warm pleasantly hot: a warm sunny day ♦ a nice warm bath
sweltering very hot in a way that is unpleasant or uncomfortable, used especially for describing the weather: the sweltering August heat
boiling (hot) very hot in a way that is unpleasant or uncomfortable. Also used for referring to the temperature of a liquid when it starts to bubble: Can you turn the heating down? I’m boiling. ♦ Plunge the pasta into boiling water.
scalding (hot) hot enough to burn your skin, used for referring to the temperature of liquids: The bath water was scalding hot.
roasting extremely hot: used especially for referring to the temperature inside a place rather than outside: Phew! It’s roasting in here!
baking very hot and dry: the baking heat of the afternoon sun

Here are some more words that mean hot:

red-hot extremely hot: Be careful – the iron is red-hot.
scorching extremely hot, used especially for describing the weather: scorching temperatures
steamy used about weather that is hot and damp: I flew down to hot and steamy Miami.
tropical used about weather that is very hot, especially when the air also feels slightly wet: New York City in the summer is positively tropical.

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