\ 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

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For this first go-around, the machines evidently poured over infinite iterations to help Mackmyra create AI Whisky, a golden yellow single-malt with herbal notes of aniseed, ginger, and white pepper and a citrusy, spicy mouth with a dry finish. Andrew Daniels, Popular Mechanics, "Here Comes the World’s First AI-Generated Whisky," 10 May 2019 Similarly, garnishing or topping with chilies will give the drink a spicy kick. Leah Silverman, Town & Country, "How to Make the Perfect Margarita," 11 Apr. 2019 The Only One, which packs bold and spicy notes of coffee, violet, and citrus. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Emilia Clarke on What Makes Her Feel the Most Beautiful," 28 Mar. 2019 Round out spring cleaning with Diptyque's latest candle duo: Narguilé has a spicy intoxicating scent while Lys will fill the room with visions of fresh cut lilies—burn them simultaneously for a surprising yet delightful treat. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "10 New Game-Changing Beauty Products to Invest in This Spring," 26 Mar. 2019 Getty ImagesMaria Mosolova The spicy cinnamon and clove scent of this delicate bouquet will be a pleasant surprise to your valentine. Carly Orleach, Woman's Day, "How to Make Fresh Flowers Last Longer," 15 Feb. 2019 The chewy buns were filled with not-so-spicy Korean chicken and tempura fish on our visit. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "First Bite: Dragonfly Robata Grill & Sushi's Sunday izakaya lunch," 9 July 2018 In that spirit, Furman didn’t hesitate to share his recipes for a summer cookout: spicy cabbage slaw, juicy lemon-pepper chicken, a killer potato salad with bacon and eggs, a can’t-have-just-one-helping peach crisp, and more. Nikita Richardson, Bon Appetit, "Lemon-Pepper Chicken and Spiked Lemonade: A Summer Cookout Menu from B’s Cracklin’ BBQ," 23 May 2018 The delightfully spicy chicken, jambalaya and collard greens can't be beat. Houston Chronicle, "Classic Houston restaurants set the table for city's dining scene," 10 May 2018

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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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