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[rey-see] /ˈreɪ si/
adjective, racier, raciest.
slightly improper or indelicate; suggestive; risqué.
vigorous; lively; spirited.
sprightly; piquant; pungent:
a racy literary style.
having an agreeably peculiar taste or flavor, as wine, fruit, etc.
Origin of racy
First recorded in 1645-55; race2 + -y1
Related forms
racily, adverb
raciness, noun
2. animated. 3. strong.
2. slow. Unabridged
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  • He was delightful and loveable at such hours, with a fund of the raciest Scottish humour.'

    Thomas Carlyle Hector Carsewell Macpherson
  • One of the raciest passages occurs in the Pardoner's relation of the wonders he has performed in the execution of his office.

  • His raciest stories fell on dull ears; none of his jokes called forth a smile.

  • His raciest anecdote lost a large part of its flavour when repeated by some one else.

    Gabriel Tolliver Joel Chandler Harris
  • The most exquisite dishes, the raciest wines, rapidly succeeded each other.

  • The most interesting bit of news never caused him to turn his head, and the raciest anecdote failed to bring a smile to his face.

    Gabriel Tolliver Joel Chandler Harris
  • Next to factory-girls and flower-girls, costermongers talk, perhaps, the raciest "cockney."

  • As the raciest wine makes the sharpest vinegar, so the richest fancies turn the most readily to acrimony.

    Imaginary Conversations and Poems Walter Savage Landor
  • Montgomery had been a condensed and desiccated preparation of the Washington stew, highly flavored with the raciest vices.

  • But Aunt Nabby Folsom's time was about as rich as the raciest, and will bear rehearsing—easy.

    The Humors of Falconbridge Jonathan F. Kelley
British Dictionary definitions for raciest


adjective racier, raciest
(of a person's manner, literary style, etc) having a distinctively lively and spirited quality; fresh
having a characteristic or distinctive flavour: a racy wine
suggestive; slightly indecent; risqué: a racy comedy
Derived Forms
racily, adverb
raciness, noun
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Word Origin and History for raciest



1650s, "having a characteristic taste" (of wines, fruits, etc.), from race (n.2) in its older sense of "flavor" or in the sense "class of wines" + -y (2); meaning "having a quality of vigor" (1660s) led to that of "improper, risqué," first recorded 1901, probably reinforced by phrase racy of the soil "earthy" (1870). Related: Racily; raciness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for raciest



Somewhat indecent; raunchy: The movie has a lot of racy dialogue (1901+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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