[ sek-see ]
/ ˈsɛk si /
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adjective, sex·i·er, sex·i·est.
concerned predominantly or excessively with sex; risqué: a sexy novel.
sexually interesting or exciting; radiating sexuality: the sexy supermodel on the cover of a magazine.
excitingly appealing; glamorous: a sexy new car.
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Origin of sexy

First recorded in 1920–25; sex + -y1


sex·i·ly, adverbsex·i·ness, nounun·sex·y, adjective
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What is a basic definition of sexy?

Sexy describes something as arousing interest related to sex, having a large amount of sex-related content, or being very exciting.

If something is sexy, it causes sexual arousal in people who are exposed to it or it is designed to emphasize sexual matters. Sexy can be used to describe both other people and objects. A person may describe themselves as sexy if they feel confident and attractive. Something that is more sexually arousing than something else is sexier, and something that is the most arousing is sexiest.

  • Real-life examples: Models often wear sexy clothing in advertisements. Exotic dancers perform sexy dances to entertain customers. People magazine annually ranks the sexiest men alive.
  • Used in a sentence: The actor recited the lines using a sexy voice. 

Sexy can also mean that something is mostly focused on sex.

  • Real-life examples: Pornography often takes the form of sexy movies. Romance novels are often (but not always) sexy books. Singer Barry White is famous for writing many sexy songs.
  • Used in a sentence: Joe hid his sexy magazines so his little brother wouldn’t find them. 

The word sexy is also used to describe something that is exciting, glamorous, or flashy.

  • Real-life examples: A shiny new sports car might be described as a sexy car. A laptop that is sleek and eye catching may be said to have a sexy design.
  • Used in a sentence: Paying your rent might not be sexy, but it keeps a roof over your head.

The word sexual is similar to sexy and may be used to describe the same things. However, sexual is used to mean something involving sex and not just arousal.

Where does sexy come from?

The first records of sexy come from around 1920. It is an adjective formed from the word sex and the suffix -y, meaning “characterized by or inclined to.”

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What are some other forms related to sexy?

  • sexily (adverb)
  • sexiness (noun)
  • unsexy (adjective)

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How is sexy used in real life?

Sexy is a common word often used to describe attractive people or things that are sexually arousing.

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Is sexy used correctly in the following sentence?

The male singer had sexy dance moves that attracted a lot of female fans.

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British Dictionary definitions for sexy

/ (ˈsɛksɪ) /

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 forms of sexy

sexily, adverbsexiness, noun
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