[ rey-see ]
/ ˈreɪ si /

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



2 slow.

Related forms

rac·i·ly, adverbrac·i·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for racily

  • Without dignity we may write clearly, or nervously, or racily, but we have not attained to a style.

  • As for himself, he was inclined to be taciturn, being little versed in the matters on which the rest discoursed so racily.

    Cleo The Magnificent|Louis Zangwill
  • It is Elizabethan, yet thoroughly modern; it is racily Irish, yet universal English.

    The Critical Game|John Albert Macy

British Dictionary definitions for racily


/ (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 Forms

racily, adverbraciness, noun
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