spicey

[spahy-see]

spicy

or spice·y

[spahy-see]
adjective, spic·i·er, spic·i·est.
  1. seasoned with or containing spice: a spicy salad dressing.
  2. characteristic or suggestive of spice.
  3. of the nature of or resembling spice.
  4. abounding in or yielding spices.
  5. aromatic or fragrant.
  6. piquant or pungent: spicy criticism.
  7. of a slightly improper or risqué nature; somewhat sexy: a spicy novel.
  8. 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

spicy

adjective spicier or spiciest
  1. seasoned with or containing spice
  2. highly flavoured; pungent
  3. informal suggestive of scandal or sensation
  4. producing or yielding spices
Derived Formsspicily, adverbspiciness, noun
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Word Origin and History for spicey

spicy

adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper