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or spice·y

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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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fragrant, seasoned, piquant, appetizing, hot, aromatic, tangy, peppery, tasty, fiery, sweet, savory, fresh, distinctive, zesty, salty, ambrosial, flavorsome, keen, poignant

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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 spicy


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

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