racy

[ rey-see ]
/ ˈreɪ si /
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adjective, rac·i·er, rac·i·est.

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

First recorded in 1645–55; race2 + -y1
SYNONYMS FOR racy
ANTONYMS FOR racy
2 slow.
Related formsrac·i·ly, adverbrac·i·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for raciest

racy

/ (ˈreɪsɪ) /

adjective racier or raciest

(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
Derived Formsracily, adverbraciness, noun
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Word Origin and History for raciest

racy


adj.

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.

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