\ ˈrā-sē How to pronounce racy (audio) \
racier; raciest

Definition of racy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : full of zest or vigor
b : having a strongly marked quality : piquant a racy flavor
c : risqué, suggestive racy jokes
2 : having the distinctive quality of something in its original or most characteristic form
racier; raciest

Definition of racy (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Adjective (1)

racily \ ˈrā-​sə-​lē How to pronounce racy (audio) \ adverb
raciness \ ˈrā-​sē-​nəs How to pronounce racy (audio) \ noun

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Adjective (1)

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

First Known Use of racy

Adjective (1)

circa 1650, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective (2)

1841, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for racy

Adjective (1)

race entry 1

Adjective (2)

race entry 2

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“Racy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/racy. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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