Main meanings of fire-eating in English

: fire-eating1fire-eating2

fire-eating1

Pronunciation /ˈfʌɪərˌiːtɪŋ/

noun

  • The action or practice of eating, or appearing to eat, flames (from a burning torch), burning coals, red-hot metal, etc., especially as a performance at a circus, fair, or similar entertainment.

Origin

Mid 18th century; earliest use found in The Monthly Review. From fire + eating, after fire-eater.

Main meanings of fire-eating in English

: fire-eating1fire-eating2

fire-eating2

Pronunciation /ˈfʌɪərˌiːtɪŋ/

adjective

  • 1That eats, or appears to eat, flames (from a burning torch), burning coals, red-hot metal, etc., especially as a performance at a circus, fair, or similar entertainment.

  • 2Fierce, belligerent, quarrelsome.

  • 3US historical Designating an extreme Southern partisan advocating secession from the Union. See "fire-eater".

Origin

Early 18th century. From fire + eating, after fire-eater.