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sexy

[sek-see]
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adjective, sex·i·er, sex·i·est.
  1. concerned predominantly or excessively with sex; risqué: a sexy novel.
  2. sexually interesting or exciting; radiating sexuality: the sexiest professor on campus.
  3. excitingly appealing; glamorous: a sexy new car.
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Origin of sexy

First recorded in 1920–25; sex + -y1
Related formssex·i·ly, adverbsex·i·ness, nounun·sex·y, adjective
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  • She wondered if every daring, sexy technology project started like this, a cranky hacker muttering angrily about boot-loaders.

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British Dictionary definitions for sexy

sexy

adjective sexier or sexiest informal
  1. provoking or intended to provoke sexual interesta sexy dress; a sexy book
  2. feeling sexual interest; aroused
  3. interesting, exciting, or trendya sexy project; a sexy new car
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Derived Formssexily, adverbsexiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for sexy

adj.

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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