- 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 racy
All 130 employees share a similar vision and all seem very gung ho about their racy products.James Franco Gets Kinky: Inside the BDSM Porn Documentary 'Kink'
August 23, 2014
Apparently, Minaj received a slew of offensive tweets and rude Instagram comments in response to the racy image.Beyoncé’s ‘Flawless’ Lyrics Tease Her Elevator Drama with Jay Z
August 5, 2014
She felt a Maxim cover would be too racy, but now she finds herself performing solo acts for fans on MyFreeCams.Jenna Jameson Breaks Her Vow
November 18, 2013
A notorious 19th century publisher wrote a racy novel of his own.This Week’s Hot Reads: Sept. 17, 2013
September 16, 2013
The kids managed to steal some racy photos and some drugs too, right?Paris Hilton on ‘The Bling Ring,’ Kim Kardashian, and Her Cash Money Records Album
June 12, 2013
The day was clear, the sun bright, the air full of racy health.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
He told us that story about the artist's model in quite a racy fashion.Doctor Luttrell's First Patient
Rosa Nouchette Carey
Then news from England, five months old, was fresh and racy.
It was racy and insolent with heliotrope; he hurled it to the floor.The Four Million
His conversation during his European trip was bright and racy.Robert Toombs
Pleasant A. Stovall
- (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 racy
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.