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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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 spicier



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

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