- 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
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Examples from the Web for racily
Without dignity we may write clearly, or nervously, or racily, but we have not attained to a style.The Unseen World and Other Essays
As for himself, he was inclined to be taciturn, being little versed in the matters on which the rest discoursed so racily.Cleo The Magnificent
It is Elizabethan, yet thoroughly modern; it is racily Irish, yet universal English.The Critical Game
John Albert Macy
- (of a person's manner, literary style, etc) having a distinctively lively and spirited quality; fresh
- having a characteristic or distinctive flavoura racy wine
- suggestive; slightly indecent; risquéa racy comedy
Word Origin and History for racily
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.