from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having the flavor, aroma, or quality of spice.
  • adj. Piquant; zesty: a spicy tomato sauce.
  • adj. Producing or abounding in spices.
  • adj. High-spirited; lively.
  • adj. Slightly scandalous; risqué: a spicy Hollywood romance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or containing spice.
  • adj. Piquant; provoking a burning sensation due to the presence of chillies or similar spices.
  • adj. Tangy, zesty, or pungent.
  • adj. Vigorous; colorful; stimulating.
  • adj. Risqué, sexy, racy; mildly pornographic.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Flavored with, or containing, spice or spices; fragrant; aromatic.
  • adj. Producing, or abounding with, spices.
  • adj. Fig.: Piquant; racy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Producing spice; abounding with spices.
  • Having the qualities of spice; flavored with spice; fragrant; aromatic: as, spicy plants.
  • Highly flavored; pungent; keen; pointed; racy: as, a spicy letter or debate.
  • Stylish; showy; smart in appearance: as, a spicy garment; to look spicy.
  • Synonyms Racy, Spicy. See racy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having an agreeably pungent taste
  • adj. producing a burning sensation on the taste nerves
  • adj. suggestive of sexual impropriety


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