[ spahy-see ]
/ ˈspaɪ si /

adjective, spic·i·er, spic·i·est.

Nearby words

  1. spicebush,
  2. spicebush swallowtail,
  3. spiced,
  4. spicery,
  5. spicewood,
  6. spick,
  7. spick and span,
  8. spick-and-span,
  9. spicula,
  10. spicular


or spice·y

[ spahy-see ]
/ ˈspaɪ si /

adjective, spic·i·er, spic·i·est.

Origin of spicy

First recorded in 1555–65; spice + -y1

Related forms
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Examples from the Web for spicey

  • The one that knocked at the door was Spicey, with our invitations.

    The William Henry Letters|Abby Morton Diaz
  • Now look at old Tom, cocked jauntily on the spicey bay and see what a different Tom he is to what he was last night.

  • This paper is run on red-hot indypendant principels, in a spicey, sparklin' manher.

    The Bad Boy At Home|Walter T. Gray

British Dictionary definitions for spicey


/ (ˈspaɪsɪ) /

adjective spicier or spiciest

seasoned with or containing spice
highly flavoured; pungent
informal suggestive of scandal or sensation
producing or yielding spices
Derived Formsspicily, adverbspiciness, noun

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Word Origin and History for spicey



1560s, from spice + -y (2). Figurative sense of "racy, salacious" dates from 1844. Related: Spiciness.

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