adjective, rac·i·er, rac·i·est.
Origin of racy
Examples from the Web for raciness
Tell it in English, or any other language, and it loses all its raciness.Friend Mac Donald|Max O'Rell
Hardly a piece of his, large or small, but has "snap" and raciness.Complete Prose Works|Walt Whitman
We admit the raciness—we are proud of it; but we stand for fair play too.Lorimer of the Northwest|Harold Bindloss
On wide uplands of chalk the air has a raciness, the sunlight a purity and a sparkle, not to be found in lowlands.Yorkshire Painted And Described|Gordon Home
Raciness and spontaneity are words that have no meaning when applied to him.Renaissance in Italy, Volume 2 (of 7)|John Addington Symonds
adjective racier or raciest
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.