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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 of racy
1645-1655
1645-55; race2 + -y1
Related forms
racily, adverb
raciness, noun
Synonyms
2. animated. 3. strong.
Antonyms
2. slow.
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Examples from the Web for raciest
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  • He was delightful and loveable at such hours, with a fund of the raciest Scottish humour.'

    Thomas Carlyle Hector Carsewell Macpherson
  • One of the raciest passages occurs in the Pardoner's relation of the wonders he has performed in the execution of his office.

  • His raciest stories fell on dull ears; none of his jokes called forth a smile.

  • His raciest anecdote lost a large part of its flavour when repeated by some one else.

    Gabriel Tolliver Joel Chandler Harris
  • The most exquisite dishes, the raciest wines, rapidly succeeded each other.

  • The most interesting bit of news never caused him to turn his head, and the raciest anecdote failed to bring a smile to his face.

    Gabriel Tolliver Joel Chandler Harris
  • Next to factory-girls and flower-girls, costermongers talk, perhaps, the raciest "cockney."

  • As the raciest wine makes the sharpest vinegar, so the richest fancies turn the most readily to acrimony.

    Imaginary Conversations and Poems Walter Savage Landor
  • Montgomery had been a condensed and desiccated preparation of the Washington stew, highly flavored with the raciest vices.

  • But Aunt Nabby Folsom's time was about as rich as the raciest, and will bear rehearsing—easy.

    The Humors of Falconbridge Jonathan F. Kelley
British Dictionary definitions for raciest

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 raciest

racy

adj.

1650s, "having a characteristic taste" (of wines, fruits, etc.), from race (n.2) in its older sense of "flavor" or in the sense "class of wines" + -y (2); meaning "having a quality of vigor" (1660s) led to that of "improper, risqué," first recorded 1901, probably reinforced by phrase racy of the soil "earthy" (1870). Related: Racily; raciness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for raciest

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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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