on fire

on fire
O o


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [on, awn fahyuh r]
    • /ɒn, ɔn faɪər/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [on, awn fahyuh r]
    • /ɒn, ɔn faɪər/

Definitions of on fire words

  • noun on fire a state, process, or instance of combustion in which fuel or other material is ignited and combined with oxygen, giving off light, heat, and flame. 1
  • noun on fire a burning mass of material, as on a hearth or in a furnace. 1
  • noun on fire the destructive burning of a building, town, forest, etc.; conflagration. 1
  • noun on fire heat used for cooking, especially the lighted burner of a stove: Put the kettle on the fire. 1
  • noun on fire Greek fire. 1
  • noun on fire flashing light; luminous appearance. 1

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Origin of on fire

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; (noun) Middle English; Old English fȳr; cognate with Old Norse fūrr, German Feuer, Greek pŷr (see pyro-); (v.) Middle English firen to kindle, inflame, derivative of the noun

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Parts of speech for On fire


on fire popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 100% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for on fire

adj on fire

  • ablaze — Something that is ablaze is burning very fiercely.
  • aflame — If something is on fire, you can say it is aflame.
  • broiling — If the weather is broiling, it is very hot.
  • burning — You use burning to describe something that is extremely hot.
  • calescent — increasing in heat

adv on fire

adjective on fire

  • afire — If something is afire or is set afire, it is on fire or looks as if it is on fire.
  • alight — If something is alight, it is burning.
  • excited — awakened
  • flaming — flame
  • ignited — to set on fire; kindle.

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