spicy

or spice·y

[spahy-see]

adjective, spic·i·er, spic·i·est.


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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spicy

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 spicy
adj.

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

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