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[ley-see] /ˈleɪ si/
adjective, lacier, laciest.
of or resembling lace; lacelike:
a lacy gown; a lacy leaf.
Origin of lacy
1795-1805; lace + -y1
Related forms
lacily, adverb
laciness, noun
gossamer, filigree, netlike.


[ley-see] /ˈleɪ si/
a male given name. Unabridged
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  • "Let us hope that the Everlasting arms received him," said Mr. lacy.

    Alone Marion Harland
  • He opened her bedroom door, laid her on the white, lacy coverlet of her bed.

  • "But the waves will accomplish that—not your very worthy novels," said lacy, impudently.

    The Streets of Ascalon Robert W. Chambers
  • So many years senior was lacy to his skipper that he used to talk to him like a father.

    Sonnie-Boy's People James B. Connolly
  • lacy rose at the same time, but at the foot of the companion, Otway motioned him to stop.

British Dictionary definitions for lacy


adjective lacier, laciest
made of or resembling lace
Derived Forms
lacily, adverb
laciness, noun
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Word Origin and History for lacy

1804, from lace (n.) in the decorative sense + -y (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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