• The visible part of fire; a stream of burning vapour or gas, emitting light and heat.
  • A romantic partner or lover in a usually short-lived but passionate affair.
  • An aggressively insulting criticism or remark.
  • A brilliant reddish orange-gold fiery colour.
  • The contrasting light and dark figure seen in wood used for stringed instrument making; the curl.
  • Burning zeal, passion, imagination, excitement, or anger.


  • To produce flames; to burn with a flame or blaze.
  • To burst forth like flame; to break out in violence of passion; to be kindled with zeal or ardour.
  • To post a destructively critical or abusive message (to somebody).



  • From Middle English flawme, flaume, flaumbe, blend of Old French flame and flambe, flamble, the first from Latin flamma, the second from Latin flammula, diminutive of flamma, both from pre-Latin *fladma; Proto-Italic *flagmā, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *bʰel- ("to shimmer, gleam, shine").

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