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Het, Hett, adj. [P.p. of Hete v., used as a synonym of Hate adj.] Heated, hot, in physical and transferred senses.

1. Materially hot or warm: Of things, animals, limbs, or conditions.(1) a1400 Leg. S. xxii. 721.
The yrne … Scho one ȝed, that sa het wes, … as one cald lede
c1460 Wisd. Sol. 818.
Lukand out at het and stinkand durris
1475 Rauf C. 109.
Ane ryall rufe het fyre
c1500-c1512 Dunb. xxvi. 62.
Hett moltin gold, … As fyreflawcht maist fervent
1513 Doug. v. ii. 116.
Sum othir … the colis het Vndir the spetis swakkis
1535 Stewart 34951.
Quhat euir he wes … , With ane hett yrne [he] wes brint vpone the mouth
a1568 Bann. MS. 243 a/25.
The nar the flamb the hettar fyre
1590 Edinb. B. Rec. V. 340.
To caus thame [sc. geese] to appear to be fatt … be … setting of thame in hett watter
1602 Crim. Trials II. 393.
[They] put in het assis and emmeris in the bag
1650 Nicoll Diary 2.
His tong [was] rin throw with ane het botkin
(2) 1513 Doug. xii. v. 83.
Of the hevy byrdyng sa mait and het … The egil leit hys pray fall
1582 Crim. Trials I. ii. 103.
Resetting … [the] actuall committaris, immediatelie efter the said murthour, with the het bludye hand
1590 Burel Pilgr. i. x.
The hare I haue forȝet, His hasty rinning made him het
1607 Aberd. Eccl. Rec. 57.
Saying to hir … he shuld gar her feitt be hett
comb. 1560 Rolland Seven S. 10725.
O helie het hoillit hure
(3) 1529 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 16.
Traistand it had bene the het seiknes
1533 Boece ix. v. 296 b.
King Vtur … cruciate with ane hett fever
1535 Stewart 26683.
The febris … , het as ony fyre
1598 Crim. Trials II. 61.
That Allane Lokhairt had bene seik in the het seiknes
1600 Hamilton Facile Tr. 388.
As thay wha ar tormentit with the het feure … ressaues halsome meates to thair perdition
1580 Skeyne Descr. Well A 4.
Sic as be of het intemperance of the liuer
(4) 1550 Treas. Acc. IX. 416.
Bukrame to be lachettis to my lorde governoures dule cote, to knet his pointis to in het wedder

2. fig. Of persons, feeling or action.(1) a1400 Leg. S. xxviii. 262.
Olibrius … Thru bitirnes of gal wes het
1398-1400 Aberd. B. Rec. (S.H.S.) 68.
Accio inter hetman et Robertum faucuner differtur [etc.], ... et plegio pro hetman Willelmo Borthwyk
1535 Stewart 32926.
Wod as ane wolf, and het as ony fyre tha ran
a1540 Freiris Berw. 41.
Freir Robert wes ȝoung, and verry hett of blude
a1568 Scott ii. 27.
Thay wer sa haisty and sa hett, That nane of thame wald ȝeild
1569-73 Bann. Memor. 6.
Gif he be an het man, I sall … giue him … ane coup de jarret
1573 Sat. P. xlii. 211.
The courteour grew sum thing hetter
(2) a1400 Leg. S. iii. 990.
Quhene his harte wes het withine Of fleschly luste with hyr to syne
c1500-c1512 Dunb. xiii. 50 (M).
Thair cwmis ȝoung monkis of het complexioun
1533 Boece viii. ix. 269.
He was sa blyndit be recent het lufe of this new spous
1535 Stewart 26650.
[He] turned hes his anger and his yre on to the Britis als het as ony fyre
a1568 Bann. MS. 245 a/8.
Cauld culis the lufe that kendillis our hett
1596 Dalr. I. 1/9.
A certane ernist or hett affectione of the catholik religione
Ib. II. 25/26.
The cause of hett invie amang thame
1587-99 Hume v. 77.
I feele thy fellon wraith against me kendled het
(3) ?1438 Alex. ii. 1809.
The battell [was] het and hideous
c1475 Wall. v. 834.
Hardy and het contenyt the fell melle
1535 Stewart 529.
The hetter weir, oft syis the sonner peis
1560 Rolland Seven S. 4926.
It come to sic het point of weir
a1570-86 Maitl. F. lxxxv. 5.
Thy harmes het luik that thow hyd
1607 Highland P. III. 97.
Efter a lang & hett combatt, … the said Allaster wes apprehendit
1633 Maxwell Mem. II. 225.
Their is some hett contest betuixt the Constable, Mershall and the toun of Edinburgh
(4) 1513 Doug. xii. vi. 121.
He … tharto ekyt thir wordys wondyr het

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