Definition of hot key in US English:

hot key


  • A key or a combination of keys providing quick access to a particular function within a program.

    • ‘I loaded up the following in quick succession, all with hot keys.’
    • ‘The British-designed keyboards come in four colours and have five levels of brightness, controlled by two hot keys.’
    • ‘Ammunition is unlimited, but units also have a limited special combat weapon such as a mortar round or high explosive round that is controlled by a different hot key or mouse click.’
    • ‘A hot key is a combination of keys pressed on the keyboard which activate a function.’
    • ‘The control scheme will be familiar to all strategy gamers as it a standard combination of hot keys and mouse clicks.’
    • ‘Certain options like the latter can be accessed with a hot key.’
    • ‘Pretty much everything has been assigned a convenient hot key, and the interface is clear and easy to understand and use.’
    • ‘Common hot keys are placed strategically within easy reach, but I did find the buttons hard to figure out.’
    • ‘Digging around the menus and what not is also very intuitive and the hot keys just make this even easier.’
    • ‘While there are hot keys for certain functions, there's also a lack of hot keys for others, which is sure to cause a few temper tantrums during play.’


hot key

/ˈhät ˌkē//ˈhɑt ˌki/