- burning with flames; blazing
- like a flame in brilliance or heat: flaming colors
- intensely emotional; ardent; passionate
- startling or flagrant
- On fire; ablaze.
- Resembling a flame in brilliance, color, or form: flaming autumn leaves.
- Intense; ardent: flaming passions.
- Informal Used as an intensive: a flaming liberal.
(comparative more flaming, superlative most flaming)
- On fire with visible flames.
- The flaming debris kept the firefighter well back, and the sparks threatened the neighborhood.
- (colloquial) Extremely obvious; visibly evident. Typically of a homosexual male.
- To call him a flaming homosexual would be an understatement, but I think he acts that way just to see people react.
- (UK, colloquial) Damned, bloody.
- I wasted three hours in that flaming traffic jam!
- Present participle of flame.
Variant of flame
- the burning gas or vapor of a fire, seen as a flickering light of various colors; blaze
- a tongue of light rising from a fire
- the state of burning with a blaze of light: to burst into flame
- a thing like a flame in heat, brilliance, etc.
- brilliance or bright coloring
- an intense emotion; strong passion
- Informal a personal attack, harsh criticism, etc., specif. when communicated by e-mail
- a sweetheart
Origin of flameMiddle English ; from Old French flamme (; from Classical Latin flamma) and amp; flambe ; from Classical Latin flammula, diminutive of flamma ; from base of flagrare, to burn: see flagrant
intransitive verbflamed, flaming
- to burn with a blaze of light; burst into flame
- to light up with color as if blazing; grow red or hot: a face flaming with anger
- to show intense emotion; become very excited
Origin of flameME flammen < OFr flamer < L flammare
- Now Rare to burn or heat with flame
- to treat with flame
- Informal to attack or harshly criticize, as by e-mail
- Cooking to douse with alcoholic liquor and set afire: flame the roast with brandy
to experience a flameout
burning; on fire