Definition of flaming in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈflāmiNG/


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.
blazing, ablaze, burning, on fire, in flames, aflame
literary afire
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 color: the flaming autumn maples of the St. Lawrence River valley
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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;
red, reddish-orange, ginger, titian
1.3Passionate or violent: I’m a flaming liberal, but I don’t hate conservatives
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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, passionate
furious, enraged, fuming, seething, incensed, infuriated, angry, raging, livid
literary wrathful
2 [attributive] British informal Used for emphasis to express annoyance: weeds can become a flaming nuisance
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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.
3North American informal, chiefly derogatory (Of a gay man) having a manner or appearance regarded as stereotypically homosexual.




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Syllabification: flam·ing

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