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adjective,rac·i·er, rac·i·est.
  1. slightly improper or indelicate; suggestive; risqué.

  2. vigorous; lively; spirited.

  1. sprightly; piquant; pungent: a racy literary style.

  2. having an agreeably peculiar taste or flavor, as wine, fruit, etc.

Origin of racy

First recorded in 1645–55; race2 + -y1

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Other words from racy

  • rac·i·ly, adverb
  • rac·i·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for racy


/ (ˈreɪsɪ) /

adjectiveracier 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 flavour: a racy wine

  1. suggestive; slightly indecent; risqué: a racy comedy

Derived forms of racy

  • racily, adverb
  • raciness, noun

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