racy

[rey-see]
adjective, rac·i·er, rac·i·est.
  1. slightly improper or indelicate; suggestive; risqué.
  2. vigorous; lively; spirited.
  3. sprightly; piquant; pungent: a racy literary style.
  4. having an agreeably peculiar taste or flavor, as wine, fruit, etc.

Origin of racy

First recorded in 1645–55; race2 + -y1
Related formsrac·i·ly, adverbrac·i·ness, noun

Synonyms for racy

Antonyms for racy

2. slow.
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Examples from the Web for raciest

Historical Examples of raciest

  • It certainly is the raciest modern ballad of its kind that I know of.

  • As soon as motor cars came in Chuck had the raciest possible.

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    Stewart Edward White

  • Look up that raciest of commentators, and see what he there says about the deliberate tears of the captives in Babylon.

  • Montgomery had been a condensed and desiccated preparation of the Washington stew, highly flavored with the raciest vices.

  • Next to factory-girls and flower-girls, costermongers talk, perhaps, the raciest "cockney."


British Dictionary definitions for raciest

racy

adjective racier or raciest
  1. (of a person's manner, literary style, etc) having a distinctively lively and spirited quality; fresh
  2. having a characteristic or distinctive flavoura racy wine
  3. 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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