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or spice·y

[ spahy-see ]


, 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.

    Synonyms: peppery, sharp, hot

  7. of a slightly improper or risqué nature; somewhat sexy:

    a spicy novel.

    Synonyms: improper, ribald, racy, suggestive

  8. Informal. full of spirit; lively.


/ ˈspaɪsɪ /


  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 Forms

  • ˈspiciness, noun
  • ˈspicily, adverb
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Other Words From

  • spici·ly adverb
  • spici·ness noun
  • un·spici·ly adverb
  • un·spici·ness noun
  • un·spicy adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of spicy1

First recorded in 1555–65; spice + -y 1
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Example Sentences

The result is a spicy, aromatic wine with scents of lemongrass, orange peel and cardamom, plus ample mouthwatering acidity to make you come back for more.

Its neutral taste pairs nicely with seasonings across the spectrum, from creamy to herbal to spicy, and the nooks and crannies of meat plus the cup of the shells help mussels capture and deliver flavor in every bite.

Two promising entries off to fast starts are spicy Canada Dry Bold, and Dr Pepper & Cream Soda.

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Just because I am brown and from Southeast Asia, does not mean that I love spicy food.

The mouthfeel is warm, chewy, crispy, and slightly spicy, and the soupy consistency made for a hydrating dish.

I'm pleased with my decision to avoid the routine script problems in favor of the spicy stuff.

That seemed to imply a spicy sex life, I say to him the next day.

“I love spicy food, and my friends tell me that Sichuan hotpot has become very popular in Addis Abeba,” he said.

Seeing how the sausage is made is always interesting—even if the sausage isn't particularly spicy.

Stewed apples, dusted with cinnamon, are an ideal companion to spicy food.

She saw his eyes light up with eager pleasure as he placed the flowers close to his pillow, and inhaled their spicy fragrance.

Farther along, striped grass, mints, herbs and balsams made the air heavy with spicy odors when the dew was on the grass.

In ten minutes more he was in the spicy glooms of the spruce-woods.

How inferior to these the trees of Lebanon in sacrifice, or all the spicy mountains of Arabia in a blaze!

To the farmer's peremptory call he returned the spicy repartee of a cheerful bark.