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.
- rac·i·ly, adverb
- rac·i·ness, noun
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How to use racy in a sentence
In Australia, Coonawarra and South Australia’s Adelaide Hills are known for racy, spicy cabernets as well as the more famous shiraz.How to expand your red wine repertoire beyond cabs, pinots and merlots | Dave McIntyre | June 25, 2021 | Washington Post
There are three other trims—Sport, Trekking and Trekking Plus—but none of them is exactly racy or off-road ready.
The feel is racier and sometimes a bit firmer than desired through never-ending rock gardens, but considering the fact that I was faster on more than a few favorite trails, these minor quibbles seem worth the performance benefits.
Also, once I started adding entries online to supplement the ones in the paper, I’d often put the racier ones near the bottom of the list.Style Conversational Week 1430: Back in the saddle again | Pat Myers | April 1, 2021 | Washington Post
It combines ripe, fleshy fruit with a touch of racy, grassy acidity familiar to fans of New Zealand’s savvies.Usher in spring with this delightfully crisp sauvignon blanc that costs just $14 | Dave McIntyre | March 19, 2021 | Washington Post
All 130 employees share a similar vision and all seem very gung ho about their racy products.James Franco Gets Kinky: Inside the BDSM Porn Documentary 'Kink' | Marlow Stern | August 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Apparently, Minaj received a slew of offensive tweets and rude Instagram comments in response to the racy image.Beyoncé’s ‘Flawless’ Lyrics Tease Her Elevator Drama with Jay Z | Amy Zimmerman | August 5, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And for the actual too-racy-for-primetime moments, edit them out just like you do for the straights.
US Airways inadvertently tweeted an—ahem—racy photo involving a lady and a toy plane.
One of his primary challengers thinks so in a slightly racy Internet video that he has posted on his website.Boehner Challenger Makes ‘Electile Dysfunction’ Video | Olivia Nuzzi | April 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He who is of so lofty a rank as to be above repartee, ought never to joke in a racy kind of way.The 'Characters' of Jean de La Bruyre | Jean de La Bruyre
The whole effect was weirdly eloquent, rather than racy or exciting.Pharaoh's Broker | Ellsworth Douglass
Its style is pointed and racy; the author talks about what he knows and what he knows intimately.Solomon Maimon: An Autobiography. | Solomon Maimon
If the racy and delicious flavor of the original is not always preserved, it is no fault of the translator.
The magistrate smiled, and the spectators moved to the nearer benches to enjoy this racy man.Greyfriars Bobby | Eleanor Atkinson
British Dictionary definitions for racy
(of a person's manner, literary style, etc) having a distinctively lively and spirited quality; fresh
having a characteristic or distinctive flavour: a racy wine
suggestive; slightly indecent; risqué: a racy comedy
- racily, adverb
- raciness, noun
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