\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

Recent Examples on the Web

The small plates menu includes yukhoe (beef tartare), shrimp and kimchi mandu and spicy tteokbokki. Anna Muckerman, baltimoresun.com, "Pop-up dinners coming to Rye in Fells Point next week," 13 July 2018 Turn up the heat with spicy cashews and a zig-zag of Sriracha mayo. Sarah Gish, kansascity, "Freestyle Poké: 5 things to know about River Market's popular Hawaiian-style cafe," 2 July 2018 The standout is the salami picante sandwich, a beautiful sub layered with spicy salami, ham, provolone, lettuce, and onions, and slathered with tangy olive tapenade and creamy sub sauce. Bon Appetit, "Gold Star Beer Counter," 2 July 2018 Its broth, with a mild infusion of kimchi juice, is glossy and full of body but missing some of the sour-and-spicy character that makes sundubu an ideal hangover helper. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "Andersonville’s Passerotto is a tale of two peninsulas," 21 June 2018 Mix textures and flavors (sweet, savory, spicy) for the perfect meat-and-cheese board. Good Housekeeping, "What to Make for Girls' Night In (When You've Got Zero Time to Plan)," 15 June 2018 But spicy enough with its jalapeño-serrano-onion blend to make up for some flaws. Robert Philpot, star-telegram, "So — how are the burgers at #IHOb, anyway?," 14 June 2018 Some heat for your palate: The new Bua 9 Thai in Columbia City packs an extra-spicy punch — one or one-and-a-half levels higher than Seattle’s standard. Morning Brief, The Seattle Times, "Tuesday Morning Brief, June 12: What Trump and Kim agreed on, Seattle head-tax repeal," 12 June 2018 Bright, green flavors of spring, with that near-spicy bite of arugula. Catherine Urban, Bon Appetit, "It’s Barbecue Season, So Your June Horoscope Comes with a BBQ Side for Every Sign," 1 June 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 \
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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obstinately defiant of authority

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