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adjective, spic·i·er, spic·i·est.
  1. spicy.
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or spice·y

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.
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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


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Examples from the Web for spicier

Historical Examples

  • Could justice ever have served up a spicier dish whereon to regale the multitude?

    The Light of Scarthey

    Egerton Castle

  • The difficulty of passing these from hand to hand only made the reading—and the writing—the spicier.

British Dictionary definitions for spicier


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
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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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