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[sek-see] /ˈsɛk si/
adjective, sexier, sexiest.
concerned predominantly or excessively with sex; risqué:
a sexy novel.
sexually interesting or exciting; radiating sexuality:
the sexiest professor on campus.
excitingly appealing; glamorous:
a sexy new car.
Origin of sexy
First recorded in 1920-25; sex + -y1
Related forms
sexily, adverb
sexiness, noun
unsexy, adjective Unabridged
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  • She wondered if every daring, sexy technology project started like this, a cranky hacker muttering angrily about boot-loaders.

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British Dictionary definitions for sexy


adjective (informal) sexier, sexiest
provoking or intended to provoke sexual interest: a sexy dress, a sexy book
feeling sexual interest; aroused
interesting, exciting, or trendy: a sexy project, a sexy new car
Derived Forms
sexily, adverb
sexiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for sexy

1905, from sex (n.) + -y (2). Originally "engrossed in sex;" sense of "sexually attractive" is 1923, first in reference to Valentino. An earlier word in this sense was sexful (1898). Related: Sexier; sexiest.

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



Very appealing; exciting; desirable; stimulating: Acid rain is politically sexy, but it hasn't half the allure of jobs (1970+)

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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