racier; raciest
: full of zest or vigor
: having a strongly marked quality : piquant
a racy flavor
: risqué, suggestive
racy jokes
: having the distinctive quality of something in its original or most characteristic form
racily adverb
raciness noun


2 of 2

adjective (2)

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

Examples of racy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Their jokes could be salty and racy and were often self-deprecating, giving audiences a chance to laugh at themselves and at the doom and gloom that always seemed to be just around the corner. Michele Herrmann, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Sep. 2023 Ferrari just gave Bang & Olufsen’s lineup a racy refresh. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 29 Aug. 2023 The Nope star posted a series of racy photos of herself appearing sweaty and ‘dirty’ while wearing a high neck shiny black bodysuit. Escher Walcott, Peoplemag, 27 Aug. 2023 Its Cupra brand is set to reveal the series production version of its racy Tavascan EV crossover for the European market. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 17 Apr. 2023 The campaign adopted the theme of pleasure and play, as the stars are seen modeling denim and tailored separates in racy poses. Escher Walcott, Peoplemag, 19 Aug. 2023 Pricing and Which One to Buy For those who don't care about the extra firepower that comes with the GT's 290-hp engine, the GT-Line has a satisfying mix of racy styling elements at a very attractive price. Austin Irwin, Car and Driver, 1 Aug. 2023 No stranger to the thirst-trap game, Charlie Puth has taken the concept to a whole new level with his racy new photoshoot for Interview Magazine. Kyle Denis, Billboard, 13 June 2023 Kardashian proved her tastemaker status just last week, sporting a racy leather look for a night out in Miami. Michelle Lee, Peoplemag, 9 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


Adjective (1)

race entry 1

Adjective (2)

race entry 2

First Known Use

Adjective (1)

circa 1650, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective (2)

1841, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of racy was circa 1650

Dictionary Entries Near racy

Cite this Entry

“Racy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/racy. Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 adjective
racier; raciest
: full of energy or keen enjoyment
: slightly indecent or improper
racy jokes
racily adverb
raciness noun


2 of 2 adjective
racier; raciest
: being long-bodied and lean

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