spicy

adjective
\ 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

Other Words from spicy

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

Examples of spicy in a Sentence

a spicy suggestion that earned him a slap in the face
Recent Examples on the Web Lonh uses kroeung as a foundational marinade, taking it in various directions —sweet, sour, spicy—throughout his menu. Maryam Jillani, Condé Nast Traveler, 6 Nov. 2021 The result is a nice balance of spicy, sour, sweet, and salty, all in one bowl. Christina Liao, Vogue, 8 July 2022 Mexican chorizo is typically made with spicy, coarsely ground or minced pork that has been seasoned with a variety of chiles and other spices. Marco Torres, Chron, 9 June 2022 Ceria’s Grainwave, due to its citrusy character, pairs well with chicken and fish dishes, as well as spicy, Mexican and Thai foods. A.j. Herrington, Forbes, 8 June 2022 This vinaigrette is spicy, sweet, tangy, and way easier than making a hollandaise sauce. Christian Reynoso, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 May 2022 Hatch chile powder is an earthy, slightly spicy, and deeply flavored seasoning made from chiles grown in the Hatch Valley of New Mexico. Jennifer Mcclellan, USA TODAY, 17 May 2022 Fragrances are, at their core, genderless, though spicy, smokey or foresty scents are thought to skew masculine while feminine scents are represented by sweets, and aldehydic and powdery florals. Jamila Stewart, Essence, 13 May 2022 Rihanna herself describes the scent as sensual, spicy, and sweet, a.k.a. Angela Trakoshis, Allure, 29 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of spicy

1562, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Last Updated

19 Aug 2022

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“Spicy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spicy. Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for spicy

spicy

adjective
\ 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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