150 Summer Idioms, Vocabulary Words, and Phrases in English

Picture of Zoundslike Team

Zoundslike Team

Table of Contents


As days get longer and temperatures rise, the English language seems to warm up, with summer becoming a season of expression. Summer is synonymous with warmth, brightness, and English language idioms, vocabulary words, and phrases that reflect its spirit. In this blog entry, we will take a plunge into the cool water of linguistic creativity by examining 150 such idioms of summer that find a way of bringing sunshine into conversations.

Summer Idioms

1. Catch Some Rays

Meaning: To spend time outside in the sun in order to attain a tan.

Example: “This weekend, I am planning on spending some time soaking up some rays at the beach. 

2. hot as a firecracker

Meaning: This phrase refers to weather that is exceptionally hot; for example, the sun is beaming down brightly outside, making the temperature feel like that of an oven.

Example: “The temperature outside has become extremely warm!”

3. The dog days of summer

Meaning: The most intense period of heat during which lethargy often sets in. Example: “During these scorching hot days of summer, even plants seem to wither away and fade.”

4. Being in a Heatwave

Meaning: Undergoing an extended period of excessively hot temperatures.

Example: “The city is currently suffering through an intense heatwave, and people are seeking refuge in air-conditioned spaces.”

5. To be a real scorcher

Meaning: Very hot day.

Example: “Today is an absolute scorcher; it could fry an egg on the pavement!” 

Read also: Navigating the Distinctions: ‘Over’ vs. ‘Above’ in Diverse Contexts

6. Being on the beach

Meaning: It means being laid back and slow during a holiday.

Example: “We don’t have to be in a hurry. We spend our holidays doing nothing.”

7. Cool as a cucumber

Meaning: Keep calm and collected despite challenging situations or circumstances.

Example: She didn’t lose her composure even in the heat wave.

8. Being placed in the hot seat

Meaning: It stands for any situation that is challenging or uncomfortable.

Example: Presenting before the whole company can be awkward, but you shouldn’t turn down such a chance!

9. To be on cloud nine

Meaning: being extremely happy or euphoric.

Example: “Since receiving her promotion, she’s been in an absolute state of bliss!”. 

10. Ray of Sunshine

Meaning: The meaning of the sentence is that it refers to the person or thing that brings joy and happiness.

Example: “Her laughter was an anchor whenever the atmosphere became gloomy.”

11. To take the plunge

Meaning: making a daring move.

Example: “I started my own business even though it was very scary for me.”

Summer Vocabulary Words 

1. Sizzle

Meaning: There was a boiling sound that could be heard, like when fat is boiling. It was about something hot or happening.

Example:  “The chef was preparing a summer feast with hamburgers sizzling on the grill”. 

2. Zephyr 

Meaning: A light breeze.

Example: “The open windows were cooler, and a mild breeze blew from the hot summer outside.”

3. Sweltering

Meaning: A term used to describe excessive heat that causes discomfort. 

Example: In the summer, cities can get so hot that their temperature hits 90 plus degrees.

4. Parched

Meaning: a state of extreme dryness, which often refers to extreme thirst.

Examples: “Having had an exhaustive hike, I felt parched and grabbed my cold water bottle for some relief.”

5. Languid

Meaning: The Languid River was an ideal reflection of its easy-going summer afternoon atmosphere.

Example: “An appropriate image for the calmness of a typical summer afternoon was this lazy river, which moved at a snail’s pace.”

6. Glistening:

Meaning: This is a name for a light that shimmers.

Example: “This is what the midday sun did to the ocean, which shimmered with lights, and we were all tempted to take a dip.”

7. Iridescent

Meaning: Like the rainbow, they display a play of bright colors.

Example: “The sky was breathtaking in its painting with the sunset’s iridescent hues.”

8. Lagoons

Meaning: Lagoons are shallow water bodies separated from larger ones by barriers such as coral reefs.

Example: “Clear turquoise waters, full of marine life, were our playground for an afternoon.”

9. Breezy

Meaning: Brisk windiness that allows one to relax comfortably outdoors on a hot summer day.

Example: “The terrace offers a breezy spot to enjoy a cool drink on a hot summer day.”

10. Canicular

Meaning: Relating to our characteristics of the heatwave that occurred over the dog days of summer.

Example: “The canicular heat made even a short walk seem like trekking through a desert.”

11. Ripple

Meaning: When the wind blows or an object falls inside, small waves, or wavelets, are formed.

Example: “The lake’s surface rippled as ducks gilded gracefully across it.”

Upgrade Your Communication: Start Improving Your English! 

Download the App Now.

Summer Phrases

1. Full Bloom

Meaning: The state of growth and development at its highest. One can think of flowers as an example.

Example: Every plant in the garden was blooming with color and fragrance, bursting forth from it in every direction.

2. Chasing the Sun:

Meaning: the purpose of traveling in warm or sunny conditions.

Example: “When it is winter, most people visit tropical destinations to get warmth.” 

3. Lazy Hazy Days

Meaning: These carefree summer days allow me to relax and unwind with less of an agenda.”

Example: “I always look forward to those lazy, hazy days where time seems to slow down and worries fade away!”

4. Under the Summer Sun

Meaning: experiences related to summer.

Example: “It was in summer that their love thrived as flowers in a garden do under the sun.”

5. Breath of Fresh Air

Meaning: Something that is new and brings back strength.

Example: Vacations are always rejuvenating, especially after working hard for several months.

6. To be in full swing

Meaning: At the peak of activity or excitement.

Example: “Music, food, and laughter fill the air as the summer festival is in full swing.”

7. Chasing Fireflies at Dusk

Meaning: When hot summer nights are used for innocent leisure.

Example: They ran around catching fireflies throughout the evening while the garden resounded with laughter.

8. Sunset Reverie

Meaning: The beauty of summer sunsets can create an emotional feeling.

Example: As the sun went down beyond the horizon, she got lost in a sunset reverie.

9. Cotton Candy Clouds

Meaning: light and fluffy clouds that resemble spun sugar.

Example: “The sky was filled with cotton candy clouds, creating an idyllic scene for our summer picnic.”

10. Dive into the deep end

Meaning: facing challenges or being fully involved in an experience.

Example: “I took the plunge, and now it’s going to be a totally different summer!”

11. Golden Hour Moments

Meaning: The golden hour moments are in the front of this photo. It is magic because its golden glow illuminates early morning or late afternoon sunlight.

Example: “Capturing golden hour moments on camera during summer vacations has long been a favorite pastime.”

Read also: Step Clear of Errors: Mastering Common English Spelling Mistakes

Exploring Summer in Literature:

1. Shakespeare and His Sunsets

The writings of Shakespeare are known for their picturesque summery descriptions; for instance, in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” he writes, “And the imperial votaress passed on, In maiden meditation fancy-free…” that reveals a typical warm midsummer night.

2. Gilded Summer by Fitzgerald

Scott Fitzgerald has employed examples, which include the amazing parties and Long Island Sound enchantment in the summer novella “The Great Gatsby”.

Additional Summer Language Gems

1. Sun-kissed

Meaning: To be touched or blessed by the sun.

Example: “Her skin appeared as if it had been kissed by the sun after a number of hours spent in the sunshine.”

2. Seaside Serenity

Meaning: the calm and serenity one feels when close to a beach.

Example: “I like the way waves crash on the shore; it keeps me calm and serene.”

3. Picnic-perfect weather

Meaning: weather that would be ideal for an outdoor picnic.

Example: “The park’s picnic-perfect weather was made possible by the clear skies and gentle breeze.”


The summer is bright in the fabric of language in the range of vibrant expressions as its canvas is painted with colors of warmth and shine. English gives us many ways to describe this season, from lying about in the sun to lying around on hot days or going after it; it is a living language. Let’s bring summer-themed idioms, vocabulary, and phrases into our conversation. Language also celebrates life’s best moments.

Start Improving Your English Vocabulary And Fluency

Android & Apple

Picture of Zoundslike Team

Zoundslike Team

Meet the innovative minds behind ZoundsLike! Our team is passionate about revolutionizing language learning. With a strong belief in the power of peer-to-peer interaction, we're dedicated to helping language learners from around the world enhance their communication skills. Join us on the journey to bridge that final 10% gap in language fluency.

Scroll to Top