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racy

[rey-see] /ˈreɪ si/
adjective, racier, raciest.
1.
slightly improper or indelicate; suggestive; risqué.
2.
vigorous; lively; spirited.
3.
sprightly; piquant; pungent:
a racy literary style.
4.
having an agreeably peculiar taste or flavor, as wine, fruit, etc.
Origin
1645-1655
1645-55; race2 + -y1
Related forms
racily, adverb
raciness, noun
Synonyms
2. animated. 3. strong.
Antonyms
2. slow.
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British Dictionary definitions for raciness

racy

/ˈreɪsɪ/
adjective racier, raciest
1.
(of a person's manner, literary style, etc) having a distinctively lively and spirited quality; fresh
2.
having a characteristic or distinctive flavour a racy wine
3.
suggestive; slightly indecent; risqué a racy comedy
Derived Forms
racily, adverb
raciness, noun
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Word Origin and History for raciness
racy
1654, "having a characteristic taste" (of wines, fruits, etc.), from race (2); meaning "having a quality of vigor" (1667) led to that of "improper, risqué," first recorded 1901, probably reinforced by phrase racy of the soil "earthy" (1870).
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Slang definitions & phrases for raciness

racy

adjective

Somewhat indecent; raunchy: The movie has a lot of racy dialogue (1901+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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