adjective, spic·i·er, spic·i·est.


or spice·y


adjective, spic·i·er, spic·i·est.

seasoned with or containing spice: a spicy salad dressing.
characteristic or suggestive of spice.
of the nature of or resembling spice.
abounding in or yielding spices.
aromatic or fragrant.
piquant or pungent: spicy criticism.
of a slightly improper or risqué nature; somewhat sexy: a spicy novel.
Informal. full of spirit; lively.

Origin of spicy

First recorded in 1555–65; spice + -y1
Related formsspic·i·ly, adverbspic·i·ness, nounun·spic·i·ly, adverbun·spic·i·ness, nounun·spic·y, adjective

Synonyms for spicy

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Examples from the Web for spicey

Historical Examples of spicey

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

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

    The Bad Boy At Home

    Walter T. Gray

  • There was a cinnamon colored jacket hanging on the chair-back, and I said, "Why, that's Spicey's jacket!"

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for spicey


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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper