Definition of hothead in US English:

hothead

noun

  • A person who is impetuous or who easily becomes angry and violent.

    • ‘Whether they are hotheads or cool schemers, their intransigent speeches act as balm to their audience's wounds.’
    • ‘Gagné says a few hotheads can damage the reputations of their brethren.’
    • ‘An informed source said: ‘The view is that we do not have a short-term problem so there is no need to charge ahead with hotheads.’’
    • ‘Ignore any hotheads - they do not represent any majority in Keighley.’
    • ‘He's a bit of a hothead who gets flustered easily.’
    • ‘If matters are allowed to drift, hotheads on both sides could easily disrupt the recent calm.’
    • ‘But how could the women have ‘won ‘when Hootie and his hotheads still deny them access to the golf course and country club?’’
    • ‘But some on the other side were just as bad, inciting the hotheads and inviting a violent response.’
    • ‘It's hard to convey how jubilant and peaceful the atmosphere is, and this in a country full of macho hotheads!’
    • ‘Sectarian hotheads and saboteurs certainly still lurk in the shadows.’
    • ‘He's a violent hothead who's clearly on a collision course with his destiny.’
    • ‘There was a political movement against tea-drinking in the 18th century, after the British imposed penal duties and the Boston hotheads famously dumped a consignment in the harbour.’
    • ‘Ask any beat cop, the hotheads are growing in number, including within the greener ranks of the police force itself.’
    • ‘But only the most radical hotheads believe they could drive out the People's Liberation Army.’
    • ‘Trained manpower is needed in debt recovery or else you end up losing business through uncouth behaviour exhibited by some hotheads.’
    • ‘During the Cuban missile crisis it was Guevara who emerged as the hothead, urging Castro to unleash his missiles on the United States.’
    • ‘But if a few insane hotheads had formed a guerrilla organisation and go begging for funds with concocted tales of persecution they would not have been disappointed until very recently.’
    • ‘It looks as if the present dispensation has a perennial dual policy while dealing with hotheads of one community and thugs of its own ilk.’
    • ‘There are enough hotheads in both the parties and they might pull the plug any time the Government refuses to follow their dictates.’
    • ‘Let them figure out how to keep the hotheads from spoiling the gravy train.’
    madcap, daredevil
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Pronunciation

hothead

/ˈhɑtˌhɛd//ˈhätˌhed/