adjective, sex·i·er, sex·i·est.

concerned predominantly or excessively with sex; risqué: a sexy novel.
sexually interesting or exciting; radiating sexuality: the sexiest professor on campus.
excitingly appealing; glamorous: a sexy new car.

Nearby words

  1. sexualize,
  2. sexually,
  3. sexually transmitted disease,
  4. sexually transmitted diseases,
  5. sexwale,
  6. seychelles,
  7. seychellois,
  8. seyfert galaxy,
  9. seyhan,
  10. seymour

Origin of sexy

First recorded in 1920–25; sex + -y1

Related formssex·i·ly, adverbsex·i·ness, nounun·sex·y, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sexily


adjective sexier or sexiest informal

provoking or intended to provoke sexual interesta sexy dress; a sexy book
feeling sexual interest; aroused
interesting, exciting, or trendya sexy project; a sexy new car
Derived Formssexily, adverbsexiness, noun

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Word Origin and History for sexily



1905, from sex (n.) + -y (2). Originally "engrossed in sex;" sense of "sexually attractive" is 1923, first in reference to Valentino. An earlier word in this sense was sexful (1898). Related: Sexier; sexiest.

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