spicy

adjective
\ ˈspī-sē \
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 \ adverb
spiciness \ ˈspī-​sē-​nəs \ noun

Examples of spicy in a Sentence

a spicy suggestion that earned him a slap in the face

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Besides alcohol, other triggers include hot or spicy foods, caffeine, and in some cases, citrus fruits. Mona Gohara, Good Housekeeping, "6 Reasons Why Your Skin Is Blotchy — And How to Fix It," 13 Dec. 2018 The chorizo is delicious—sweet, aromatic and subtly spicy. John Birdsall, WSJ, "Is Lab-Grown Meat Ready for Dinner?," 16 Oct. 2018 Korean flavors are an emphasis, but Joule’s tastes definitely roam, as with their popular rice cake, now served nice and spicy with chorizo and pickled mustard greens. Bethany Jean Clement, The Seattle Times, "An all-you-can-eat secret at one of Seattle’s best restaurants: brunch at Joule," 16 Oct. 2018 Avoiding acidic and spicy foods and using a mouthwash of ¼ teaspoon salt with one cup of water can also help ease your symptoms, Chirino says. Korin Miller, SELF, "11 Common Chemotherapy Side Effects, Plus How to Ease Them," 18 June 2018 The pour of the day was Pennyroyal’s 2015 Jeansheep Vineyard Pinot, dark and spicy with notes of morello cherry. Jody Rosen, Smithsonian, "This Secret Corner of California Is a Paradise for Lovers of Great Food and Top-Notch Wines," 14 June 2018 This hearty fruit, bean, and pepper salad will satisfy your sweet and spicy cravings. 1. Anna Helm Baxter, Country Living, "Black Bean-and-Pineapple Salad," 5 Nov. 2018 Ice Breakers Sugar-Free Mints Amazon customers are partial to the spicy-hot cinnamon, but these flip-top containers also dispense sour and fruity-minty options. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The 8 Best Breath Mints to Carry Around With You All Day," 7 Dec. 2018 And perhaps some spicy emails will see the light of day. Casey Newton, The Verge, "The UK’s inquiry into fake news is focused on a long-dead bikini-finding app," 27 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of spicy

1562, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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spicy

adjective

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

spicy

adjective
\ ˈspī-sē \
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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