adjective \ˈrā-sē\

Definition of RACY

a :  full of zest or vigor
b :  having a strongly marked quality :  piquant <a racy flavor>
c :  risqué, suggestive <racy jokes>
:  having the distinctive quality of something in its original or most characteristic form
rac·i·ly \ˈrā-sə-lē\ adverb
rac·i·ness \-sē-nəs\ noun

Origin of RACY

First Known Use: circa 1650

Synonym Discussion of RACY

pungent, piquant, poignant, racy mean sharp and stimulating to the mind or the senses. pungent implies a sharp, stinging, or biting quality especially of odors <a cheese with a pungent odor>. piquant suggests a power to whet the appetite or interest through tartness or mild pungency <a piquant sauce>. poignant suggests something is sharply or piercingly effective in stirring one's emotions <felt a poignant sense of loss>. racy implies having a strongly characteristic natural quality fresh and unimpaired <spontaneous, racy prose>.

Rhymes with RACY



Definition of RACY

:  having a body or shape that is suited for racing <a racy dog> <a car with racy lines>

Origin of RACY

First Known Use: 1841


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