- 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
Related Wordssaucy, entertaining, poignant, animated, lively, naughty, off-color, suggestive, erotic, bawdy, lewd, lurid, bright, buoyant, clever, distinctive, exciting, exhilarating, fiery, forceful
Examples from the Web for racier
There's a racier example in the Tumblr version of this blog.Might Hef Have Approved?
November 13, 2012
There are racier diaries, too—complete with a minute-by-minute staccato of one sexual fantasy after the next.The Sex Diaries Project: What 1,500 Bedroom Diaries Can Teach Us About Sex
January 27, 2012
All the racier and stronger part of the man's history is slurred over.
These portraits are racier than many anecdotes, and more complete than many a volume of sententious memoirs.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition
Robert Louis Stevenson
Now and then Victoria was confronted with a racier type which tended to become rather brutal.A Bed of Roses
W. L. George
- (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 racier
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.