\ ˈspī-sē How to pronounce spicy (audio) \
spicier; spiciest

Definition of spicy

1 : having the quality, flavor, or fragrance of spice
2 : producing or abounding in spices
4 : piquant, racy especially : somewhat scandalous or salacious spicy gossip

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Other Words from spicy

spicily \ ˈspī-​sə-​lē How to pronounce spicily (audio) \ adverb
spiciness \ ˈspī-​sē-​nəs How to pronounce spiciness (audio) \ noun

Examples of spicy in a Sentence

a spicy suggestion that earned him a slap in the face

Recent Examples on the Web

Flan shows its savory side in this herby custard laced with salty, sour and spicy funk thanks to a chamoy glaze. ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Savory Cilantro Chamoy Flan," 4 Sep. 2019 The following blends aim to combine sweet with salty, spicy and tangy flavors. Susan Clotfelter, The Know, "Bored with raisins? Try these 5 “fancy” trail mix recipes," 27 Aug. 2019 The sauce is a symphony of sweet, sour, salty and spicy flavors. Hadley Tomicki, Los Angeles Times, "The ‘King of Gummies’ built his empire with chamoy and candy," 23 Aug. 2019 Haith was also quick to answer what his favorite thing on the menu was: the spicy chicken. Jane Stueckemann, Houston Chronicle, "Fast-casual Teriyaki Madness restaurant coming to The Woodlands," 8 Aug. 2019 An unusual beer with a sweet and fruity aroma is followed by a slightly bready Czech Pilsner profile that’s also fruity, spicy and chewy. Andre Meunier, oregonlive.com, "I tried 17 beers at the Oregon Brewers Festival; here’s how they rate," 25 July 2019 The Wonderlust perfume, which is featured alongside Gigi in the ad campaign, features warm and spicy notes that were made for summer. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Michael Kors Announced the Launch of New York City-Based Wonderlust Scavenger Hunt In Partnership With Gigi Hadid," 15 July 2019 Learn how to fry chicken (including spicy Nashville chicken), and make buttermilk biscuits, too, plus lemon-herb coleslaw. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Sur La Table's international cooking classes are a melting pot of cuisines," 1 July 2019 Consumers can also try a spicy version with Nashville hot sauce. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "KFC is rolling out Mac & Cheese Bowls on August 26," 22 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of spicy

1562, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of spicy

of food : flavored with or containing strong spices and especially ones that cause a burning feeling in your mouth
: exciting and somewhat shocking


\ ˈspī-sē How to pronounce spicy (audio) \
spicier; spiciest

Kids Definition of spicy

1 : flavored with or containing spice a spicy sauce
2 : somewhat shocking or indecent a spicy story

Other Words from spicy

spiciness noun

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