spicy

adjective \ ˈspī-sē \
|Updated on: 11 Aug 2018

Definition of spicy

spicier; spiciest
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

spicily

play \ˈspī-sə-lē\ adverb

spiciness

play \ˈspī-sē-nəs\ noun

Examples of spicy in a Sentence

  1. a spicy suggestion that earned him a slap in the face

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First Known Use of spicy

1562

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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SPICY Defined for English Language Learners

spicy

Definition of spicy for English Language Learners

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

  • : exciting and somewhat shocking


SPICY Defined for Kids

spicy

adjective \ ˈspī-sē \

Definition of spicy for Students

spicier; spiciest
1 : flavored with or containing spice
  • a spicy sauce
2 : somewhat shocking or indecent
  • a spicy story

spiciness

noun


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