from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having the flavor, aroma, or quality of spice.
  • adjective Piquant; zesty.
  • adjective Producing or abounding in spices.
  • adjective High-spirited; lively.
  • adjective Slightly scandalous; risqué.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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


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