hot rodhot rod
- an automobile, usually an old one stripped of extraneous parts, adjusted or rebuilt for quick acceleration and great speed
An automobile that has been rebuilt or modified to increase its speed and acceleration.
Origin of hot rodPossibly in reference to the modified camshaft of such automobiles, or to the rods connecting the pistons to the crankshaft (whose bearings frequently failed in early automobiles modified for speed), or possibly from shortening and alteration of roadster ( all perhaps influenced by earlier hot rod gangster who carries a gun )
- hot rodder hot′-rod′der
(plural hot rods) or hotrod
- Typically a passenger vehicle modified to run and/or accelerate faster. The term may be used generically to apply to any car, truck, or motorcycle (et al.) modified for increased speed and/or performance. It may also be used to specifically describe and refer to modified cars from the original (traditional) era of "hot rods", post World War II and prior to 1960.
(third-person singular simple present hot rods, present participle hot roding, simple past and past participle hot roded) or hotrod (slang)
- A colloquialism and slang term used to refer to the act of modifying a vehicle for enhanced driving performance, top speed, and/or to accelerate faster.
- "Are you going to hot rod [the vehicle] or leave it stock?"