firey vs fiery : Common Errors in English

firey or fiery

It’s “fire,’so why isn’t it “firey”? If you listen closely, you hearthat “fire” has two distinct vowel sounds in it: “fi-er.’spelling theadjective “fiery” helps to preserve that double sound.

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  • s  characterized by intense emotion
    fiery oratory
  • s  like or suggestive of fire
    a fiery desert wind
  • s  very intense
    a fiery temper
News & Articles

  • DUI beware!
    After the firey crash on I-581 in Roanoke during the second week of June resulted in two deaths allegedly caused by someone drinking and driving, Prevention teams and the Botetourt County Sheriff’s Department have issued a strong statement: Several local prevention alliances in the Roanoke area would like to remind everyone that drinking and driving [...]
    June 21, 2013 - Roanoke Times

  • Man killed in fiery Interstate 280 crash identified
    A man who was killed in a fiery crash on Interstate 280 in South San Francisco on Sunday has been identified by the San Mateo County Coroner’s Office as 26-year-old Justin Lee Arena.
    June 12, 2013 - San Mateo Daily Journal
  • Man who died in fiery Peninsula crash is identified
    Authorities identified the 26-year-old South San Francisco man killed early Sunday in a fiery truck crash on Interstate 280 as Justin Lee Arena.
    June 12, 2013 - Contra Costa Times
  • Fiery-haired comedian Kathy Griffin books show in Peoria
    Kathy Griffin — two-time Emmy winner, best-selling author and Grammy Award nominee — is headed to Peoria. The fiery haired comedian, at left, will perform at 7 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Peoria Civic Center Theater.
    June 12, 2013 - Peoria Journal Star