adjective (spicier; -est) Date: 1562 1. having the quality, flavor, or fragrance of spice 2. producing or abounding in spices 3. lively, spirited 4. piquant, racy; especially somewhat scandalous or salacious <
spicy gossip
spicily adverbspiciness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • spicy — index obscene, salacious, suggestive (risqué) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • spicy — 1560s, from SPICE (Cf. spice) + Y (Cf. y) (2). Figurative sense of racy, salacious dates from 1844 …   Etymology dictionary

  • spicy — *pungent, piquant, poignant, racy, snappy Analogous words: *spirited, high spirited, gingery, fiery, peppery: aromatic, redolent, balmy, *odorous …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • spicy — (also spicey) ► ADJECTIVE (spicier, spiciest) 1) strongly flavoured with spice. 2) mildly indecent. DERIVATIVES spicily adverb spiciness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • spicy — [spī′sē] adj. spicier, spiciest 1. containing or abounding in spices 2. having the flavor or aroma of spice; fragrant, aromatic, or pungent 3. piquant or zestful; lively, interesting, etc. 4. risqué; racy spicily adv. spiciness n …   English World dictionary

  • spicy — adjective 1 food that is spicy has a pleasantly strong taste, and gives you a pleasant burning feeling in your mouth: pasta with a spicy tomato sauce 2 a story that is spicy is slightly shocking or rude: a spicy rumour spicily adverb spiciness… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • spicy — UK [ˈspaɪsɪ] / US adjective Word forms spicy : adjective spicy comparative spicier superlative spiciest 1) spicy food has a strong hot flavour 2) informal a spicy joke, story, film etc involves sex …   English dictionary

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  • spicy — adj. VERBS ▪ be, smell, taste ▪ The soup tasted mildly spicy. ADVERB ▪ extremely, fairly, very …   Collocations dictionary

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