racy

  • 1 Racy — Ra cy (r[=a] s[y^]), a. [Compar. {Racier} (r[=a] s[i^]*[ e]r); superl. {Raciest}.] [From {Race} a tribe, family.] 1. Having a strong flavor indicating origin; of distinct characteristic taste; tasting of the soil; hence, fresh; rich. [1913… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 racy — [rā′sē] adj. racier, raciest [ RACE2 + Y2] 1. having the characteristic taste, flavor, or quality associated with the original or genuine type [racy fruit] 2. lively; spirited; vigorous 3. piquant; pungent …

    English World dictionary

  • 3 racy — (adj.) 1650s, having a characteristic taste (of wines, fruits, etc.), from RACE (Cf. race) (n.2) in its older sense of flavor + Y (Cf. y) (2); meaning having a quality of vigor (1660s) led to that of improper, risqué, first recorded 1901,… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 racy — [adj1] energetic, zestful animated, bright, buoyant, clever, distinctive, entertaining, exciting, exhilarating, fiery, forceful, forcible, gingery, heady, keen, lively, mettlesome, peppery, piquant, playful, poignant, pungent, rich, salty, saucy* …

    New thesaurus

  • 5 racy — index lurid, suggestive (risqué) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 6 racy — *pungent, piquant, poignant, spicy, snappy Analogous words: exciting, stimulating, quickening, provoking or provocative (see corresponding verbs at PROVOKE): *spirited, mettlesome, fiery, gingery, peppery Contrasted words: *insipid, flat, jejune …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 7 racy — ► ADJECTIVE (racier, raciest) 1) suggestive; risqué. 2) lively, vigorous, or spirited. DERIVATIVES racily adverb raciness noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 racy — I. adjective (racier; est) Etymology: 3race Date: circa 1650 1. a. full of zest or vigor b. having a strongly marked quality ; piquant < a racy flavor > c. risque …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 9 racy — UK [ˈreɪsɪ] / US adjective Word forms racy : adjective racy comparative racier superlative raciest a racy story, film, or play is slightly shocking in the way that it describes or shows sex Derived words: racily adverb raciness noun uncountable …

    English dictionary

  • 10 racy — rac|y [ˈreısi] adj [Date: 1600 1700; Origin: race particular taste (16 19 centuries)] racy writing is exciting and entertaining and often about sex ▪ a racy novel …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 racy — adjective speech or writing that is racy is exciting and entertaining: racy jokes/humour/stories (=connected with sex) racily adverb raciness noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 racy — /ˈreɪsi / (say raysee) adjective (racier, raciest) 1. vigorous; lively; spirited. 2. sprightly; piquant; pungent: a racy style. 3. having an agreeably peculiar taste or flavour, as wine, fruits, etc. 4. suggestive; risqué: a racy story. {race1 +… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 13 racy — racily, adv. raciness, n. /ray see/, adj., 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… …

    Universalium

  • 14 racy — adjective a) Having a strong flavor indicating origin; of distinct characteristic taste; tasting of the soil; hence, fresh; rich. She wore a racy dress that was just barely appropriate for the occasion. b) Hence: Exciting to the mental taste by a …

    Wiktionary

  • 15 racy — rac|y [ reısi ] adjective a racy story, movie, or play is slightly shocking in the way it describes or shows sex ╾ rac|i|ly adverb ╾ rac|i|ness noun uncount …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16 racy — [[t]re͟ɪsi[/t]] racier, raciest ADJ GRADED Racy writing or behaviour is lively, amusing, and slightly shocking. Syn: risqué …

    English dictionary

  • 17 racy —    prepared to copulate extramaritally    A variant of fast, both meaning high living or reckless in behaviour:     The Eden Hotel... where the racy girls hung out, was entirely rubble. (Shirer, 1984) …

    How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • 18 racy — adjective racy lingerie Syn: risqué, suggestive, naughty, sexy, spicy, ribald; indecorous, indecent, immodest, off color, dirty, rude, smutty, crude, salacious; informal raunchy, blue; euphemistic adult Ant …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 19 racy — [ˈreɪsi] adj a racy story, film, or play is slightly shocking in the way that it describes or shows sex …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 20 racy — rac•y [[t]ˈreɪ si[/t]] adj. rac•i•er, rac•i•est 1) slightly improper or indelicate; risqué 2) vigorous; lively; spirited 3) sprightly; pungent: a racy literary style[/ex] 4) having an agreeably peculiar taste or flavor, as wine or fruit •… …

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