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.

Nearby words

  1. racoon,
  2. racq,
  3. racquet,
  4. racquetball,
  5. racquets,
  6. rad,
  7. rad 1,
  8. rad-lib,
  9. rad.,
  10. rad/s

Origin of racy

First recorded in 1645–55; race2 + -y1

Related formsrac·i·ly, adverbrac·i·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for racy

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 racy

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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