Definition of flaming in US English:



  • 1attributive Burning fiercely and emitting flames.

    ‘they dragged her away from the flaming car’
    • ‘NTV showed pictures of the flaming wreckage of a car at a crossroads in the capital.’
    • ‘Nibs takes a flaming stick from the fire to light his cigar.’
    • ‘She saw them burning buildings, with flaming torches in their hands and astride their monstrous steed.’
    • ‘When his vision had cleared, he saw his father standing motionless in the doorway, staring at the flaming wreck of the car.’
    • ‘The stage was quickly transformed into a flaming inferno.’
    • ‘They fell to the ground, flames licking around their flaming bodies.’
    • ‘People gather on the shore and archers fire flaming arrows at his boat.’
    • ‘One night I dined outside on exquisite chilled cucumber soup and chicken tikka, in the flickering light of flaming torches.’
    • ‘When carried aloft in the form of a flaming torch, a light is a symbol of victory and leadership.’
    • ‘Jeff had read between the journalist's lines, and seen the pictures of flaming cars in the south.’
    • ‘Witnesses near Lake Constance reported hearing a loud explosion and seeing a ball of fire and flaming pieces of wreckage crashing towards the ground.’
    • ‘The flaming car was stuck in the corner of the street, mixed along with a few other cars.’
    • ‘The point of the training will be to create more flair at the bar, but not the kind that involves flipping bottle and flaming drinks, he says.’
    • ‘The 12 soldiers, supported by a team of specialist fire fighters from the Royal Navy, doused the flaming car with foam and bought the blaze under control.’
    • ‘My mother and father were sitting by the flaming fire chatting quietly.’
    • ‘Dom raised his flaming torch to the closest unlit one on the wall.’
    • ‘Using felled trees, flaming tyres and cars, residents blocked entry to several towns.’
    • ‘Flames licked the old branches and pebble-sized balls of flaming ash littered the stage.’
    • ‘Very few domestic rooms have the proportions of a grand hall that are needed to carry off one of those huge wrought-iron chandeliers sporting fiercely flaming torches.’
    • ‘They grabbed the hose from a junior firefighter and aimed it at three flaming cars in the car park to prevent an explosion.’
    blazing, ablaze, burning, on fire, afire, in flames, aflame
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    1. 1.1 Very hot.
      ‘flaming June’
      • ‘It would rain water one minute and summer weather like flaming coals the next, the heat from the sun beating on its victim.’
      • ‘This means they swing from the cold outer reaches of space to make a close pass by the flaming surface of the star, and those close passes may serve as sterilisation events for the surface of the planet.’
      • ‘This time last year few thought things could get any worse and that an early summer soaking would be the prelude to a flaming June.’
      • ‘Ted held a flaming poker close to Stephanie, who delivered her lines in a Mississippi drawl.’
      very warm, balmy, summery, tropical, boiling, boiling hot, blazing hot, baking, scorching, roasting, searing, parching, blistering, oven-like
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    2. 1.2 Of a bright orange or red color.
      ‘the flaming autumn maples of the St. Lawrence River valley’
      • ‘Sahara blushed and leaned over her horse's neck, her long red-brown hair falling over her flaming cheeks.’
      • ‘It ‘gave a rotundity to my person, a wave and curl to my hair, and perhaps led me to fancy pictorial illustration and flaming colours’.’
      • ‘Adelaide stuck out horribly there, with her flaming hair and green outfit.’
      • ‘I glanced worriedly at Rora, her long flaming hair covered her face that was tilted towards the cold ground.’
      • ‘Suddenly, an image appeared in the darkness; a single image of a bright flaming sphere being towed by a fleet of familiar lumpy space ships.’
      • ‘She's already dressed, already pancaked with makeup, and her flaming hair has already been fussed with until even Angela is happy with it.’
      • ‘She remembers pine trees, huge lakes surrounded with rock, flaming autumn colours and winters that left her cold six months of the year.’
      • ‘He's short but not too short, thin but not anemic, and his red hair is bright without being flaming.’
      • ‘And though his flaming hair was no match, he looked as though he was a giant.’
      • ‘The lines and the wrinkles weren't there before, and the flaming hair had been cropped short.’
      • ‘The older girl slipped in and began to remove her jacket, taking a pause to shake her head free of snowflakes, though only in vain as they clung to her flaming hair.’
      • ‘His hair was flaming like her own, and he crookedly smiled his recognition.’
      • ‘Up the bare trunks of trees were grown passion flowers, flaming nasturtiums, jasmine, and honeysuckles to finish the picturesque scene.’
      • ‘The dark girl looks back at the guy with flaming hair then she looks back at the stage.’
      • ‘There's magic in any family vacation with beautiful beaches, balmy trade-winds, and flaming sunsets.’
      • ‘Her eyes went round as saucers at that thought that came out of nowhere, and hastily ducked her head, hoping her hair covered her flaming cheeks.’
      • ‘Harris had Marcia's flaming hair, her fair skin, and her constantly shifting hazel eyes.’
      • ‘The shackles had fallen away and reflected the glow of the man's flaming hair.’
      • ‘Out of the darkness of the sky there appeared many bright, flaming lights.’
      • ‘It was enough to start the trees turning and although we might mourn the passing of summer, cool clear autumn days filled with flaming trees are amongst the most beautiful of the year.’
      bright, brilliant, vivid, flamboyant
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    3. 1.3 Passionate or violent.
      ‘I'm a flaming liberal, but I don't hate conservatives’
      • ‘I think someone might have either a very long wait, or a flaming row.’
      • ‘Once again, his simple gestures fueled a flaming battle between my heart and my mind.’
      • ‘All the major protagonists have volatile relationships with one another, thus their encounters crackle with heated discussions and flaming arguments.’
      • ‘Both had a flaming passion for weaponry, and this place had fuel aplenty.’
      • ‘The burning winds of fundamentalism, the flaming anger of impressionable youth, claim many a victim.’
      furious, violent, vehement, frenzied, angry, incensed, passionate, raging
      furious, enraged, fuming, seething, incensed, infuriated, mad, angry, raging, wrathful, irate
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  • 2British informal attributive Used for emphasis to express annoyance.

    ‘weeds can become a flaming nuisance’
    • ‘I felt slightly mollified by the fact that it hadn't all been my fault, although I was still flaming angry at Andrew for his sneaky, malicious trick.’
    • ‘Barak had stopped chasing him for the moment, but that didn't mean he was prepared to listen to the flaming nuisance.’
    • ‘But for many other people, they are a flaming nuisance.’
    • ‘Even the much lauded Henrik Larsson looks more keen on setting up than sticking the damned ball in the flaming net.’
    wretched, unspeakable, rotten, hellish, cursed, accursed
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  • 3North American informal, derogatory (of a gay man) having a manner or appearance regarded as stereotypically homosexual.