- 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 raciness
His very faults smack of the raciness of his good qualities.The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.
The life, the raciness, the vigor of an adventurer and a wanderer, glow in every page.Museum of Antiquity
L. W. Yaggy
Its freshness, raciness, and eccentric whim no pen could describe.Old Familiar Faces
We admit the raciness—we are proud of it; but we stand for fair play too.Lorimer of the Northwest
Raciness and spontaneity are words that have no meaning when applied to him.Renaissance in Italy, Volume 2 (of 7)
John Addington Symonds
- (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 raciness
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.