1a hot glowing body of ignited gas that is generated by something on fire:the car was engulfed in flames [mass noun]:a sheet of flame blocked my escape a thing compared to a flame’s ability to burn fiercely or be extinguished:the flame of hope flickered and died there’s nothing like a holiday to rekindle the flames of passion [mass noun] a brilliant orange-red colour like that of flames: [in combination]:a flame-red Alfa Romeo
, informal a vitriolic or abusive message posted on an Internet message board or newsgroup, typically in quick response to another message.
1 [no object] burn and give off flames:a great fire flamed in an open fireplace figurativehope flamed in her [with object] set (something) alight:warm the whisky slightly, pour over the lobster, and flame it shine or glow like a flame:her thick hair flamed against the light (of a person’s face) suddenly become red with intense emotion, especially anger or embarrassment:Jess’s cheeks flamed
2 [with object] Computing
, informal direct an abusive or vitriolic posting at (someone) on an Internet message board or newsgroup.
- noun ( Computing)
- (also flamey) adjective (flamier, flamiest)