\ 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 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 The dressing, which is salty with anchovies, perky with lemon, spicy with mustard and rich with olive oil, starts its life out — sans cheese — as the seasoning for everything. Washington Post, "A garlicky, versatile vinaigrette is the key to this grilled salmon Caesar salad," 29 Apr. 2021 Zanzibari Red Curry and Baharat, an Arabian blend, are other combinations that offer sweet, spicy, and savory notes. BostonGlobe.com, "Soluna Garden Farm’s herb, spice, and tea blends will kick you out of a flavor rut," 27 Apr. 2021 Skip the step of filling and rolling individual enchiladas, but keep all the spicy, cheesy and comforting elements that make this Mexican standard so darn good. Casey Barber, CNN, "Eat like an astronaut (or a TikTok star) with these tortilla hacks," 14 Apr. 2021 The sauce comes in three flavors—spicy, cocktail, and original—and retails at $7.50 a bottle, which can be purchased on the company’s website. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "These Teen Brothers Are The Geniuses Behind This Popular Mumbo Sauce Brand," 12 Apr. 2021 Matilda, made with the earthy, spicy, funky and fascinating Brettanomyces yeast, and one of Goose Island’s greatest innovations nearly 20 years ago, remains a picture of elegance. Josh Noel, chicagotribune.com, "Goose Island sale 10 years later: Anheuser-Busch got what it needed from the deal, but what’s left for Chicago beer drinkers is more complicated.," 27 Mar. 2021 Done right, blending is like cooking, taking whiskeys with different flavor profiles — honeyed, spicy, caramel, smoky — and combining them into something cohesive and original. New York Times, "American Whiskeys Find Their Middlemen," 25 Mar. 2021 Ripe but elegantly firm tannins give structure to spicy black raspberry and cherry, with mountain intensity carrying through a lingering finish. Sara L. Schneider, Robb Report, "The 13 Best New Merlots to Buy Right Now," 8 Mar. 2021 This week, McDonald’s becomes the latest US restaurant chain to jump on the chicken sandwich craze ignited by Popeyes two years ago, rolling out its version, with original, spicy, and deluxe variations, on Feb. 24. Jordan Lebeau, Quartz, "McDonald’s finally enters the chicken sandwich wars," 21 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of spicy

1562, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 May 2021

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“Spicy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spicy. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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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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