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[spahy-see] /ˈspaɪ si/
adjective, spicier, spiciest.
seasoned with or containing spice:
a spicy salad dressing.
characteristic or suggestive of spice.
of the nature of or resembling spice.
abounding in or yielding spices.
aromatic or fragrant.
piquant or pungent:
spicy criticism.
of a slightly improper or risqué nature; somewhat sexy:
a spicy novel.
Informal. full of spirit; lively.
Also, spicey.
Origin of spicy
1555-65; spice + -y1
Related forms
spicily, adverb
spiciness, noun
unspicily, adverb
unspiciness, noun
unspicy, adjective
6. hot, sharp, peppery. 7. suggestive, racy, ribald, improper. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for spicy
  • The basil is huge and flavorful, the onion is a bit spicy.
  • spicy compound clears the way for an anesthetic to silence pain sensation.
  • There were these chillies that they cooked in their restaurant which was really spicy.
  • There's a fungus among us chili fans-and some of the spicy peppers evolve their kick to repel it, a new study says.
  • They are known for their delicious, home-made moles with the perfect combination of sweet and spicy.
  • Try mild alfalfa and clover, more robust broccoli, and spicy radish and onion.
  • Crowd-pleasing nachos are a great weeknight meal when piled high with spicy chorizo, jalapenos, and creamy guacamole.
  • These recipes come together differently, but they share a result: spicy, fork-tender meat.
  • Kingfisher beer is popular wherever spicy curries are eaten.
  • In such a poor country, food has traditionally been robust, spicy but lacking in sophistication.
British Dictionary definitions for spicy


adjective spicier, spiciest
seasoned with or containing spice
highly flavoured; pungent
(informal) suggestive of scandal or sensation
producing or yielding spices
Derived Forms
spicily, adverb
spiciness, noun
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Word Origin and History for spicy

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

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

spending money


Cash that one is allowed or able to spend

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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