spicy

or spice·y

[ spahy-see ]
/ ˈspaɪ si /

adjective, spic·i·er, spic·i·est.


Nearby words

  1. spicular,
  2. spiculate,
  3. spiculation,
  4. spicule,
  5. spiculum,
  6. spide,
  7. spider,
  8. spider crab,
  9. spider fly,
  10. spider hole

Origin of spicy

First recorded in 1555–65; spice + -y1

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British Dictionary definitions for spicy

spicy

/ (ˈspaɪsɪ) /

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

spicy

adj.

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

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