Definition of flaming in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfleɪmɪŋ/


1 [attributive] Burning fiercely and emitting flames: they dragged her away from the flaming car
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  • 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 fell to the ground, flames licking around their flaming bodies.
  • She saw them burning buildings, with flaming torches in their hands and astride their monstrous steed.
1.1Very hot: flaming June
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  • Ted held a flaming poker close to Stephanie, who delivered her lines in a Mississippi drawl.
  • 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.
1.2Of a bright orange or red colour: her flaming hair
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  • She remembers pine trees, huge lakes surrounded with rock, flaming autumn colours and winters that left her cold six months of the year.
  • 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’.
  • He's short but not too short, thin but not anemic, and his red hair is bright without being flaming.
bright, brilliant, vivid, flamboyant;
red, reddish-orange, scarlet, crimson, ginger
1.3Passionate or violent: a flaming row
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  • Once again, his simple gestures fueled a flaming battle between my heart and my mind.
  • I think someone might have either a very long wait, or a flaming row.
  • Both had a flaming passion for weaponry, and this place had fuel aplenty.
furious, violent, vehement, frenzied, angry, incensed, passionate, raging
informal livid, wild
British informal, dated waxy
2 [attributive] British informal Used for emphasis to express annoyance: where’s that flaming taxi?
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  • But for many other people, they are a flaming nuisance.
  • Barak had stopped chasing him for the moment, but that didn't mean he was prepared to listen to the 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
informal damned, damnable, blasted, blessed, precious, confounded, infernal
British informal flipping, blinking, blooming, blimming, bleeding, effing, chuffing
British informal, dated bally, ruddy, deuced
3North American informal, chiefly derogatory (Of a gay man) having a manner or appearance regarded as stereotypically homosexual.

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