\ 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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The chili is just slightly spicy and savory, and the perfect consistency, coating the crunchy Fritos in flavor and tender meat. Melissa Kravitz, Condé Nast Traveler, "The 'Texas Chili Queens' Behind the World's First and Only Drag Queen Food Truck," 1 Oct. 2018 The slightly spicy, honey-blonde hues framing her face are perfect year-round, but especially make an impact during the fall. Kelsi Zimmerman, Allure, "21 Bronde Hair Ideas That Look Amazing on Everyone," 7 Oct. 2018 The Grandma is a standout, with whole peeled tomato, a hit of garlic, and a Pecorino Romano crust, but there’s also some far-out combos, like a Syracuse-style hot wing pizza with chicken and a hybrid spicy ranch wing sauce. Ben Mesirow, Los Angeles Magazine, "The Ultimate Pizza Crawl Through Northeast L.A.," 23 May 2018 The burger costs $30 and includes gruyere cheese and a spicy chili sauce. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons mailbag: Rookie Luke Kennard earned more playing time," 23 Apr. 2018 The main course is a selection of typical Moroccan breakfast dishes, omelettes, and the North African delicacy of shakshuka (poached eggs in spicy tomato sauce). Jaimie Potters, Marie Claire, "Weekend Trip Guide: Where to Stay, Eat, and Explore in Marrakech, Morocco," 16 Mar. 2018 The classic steakhouse serves a spicy Border Burger with chipotle aioli, pepperjack cheese and sliced avocado. Sarah Gish, kansascity, "12 burgers for the Big 12: Try these slam-dunk whoppers near Sprint Center | The Kansas City Star," 6 Mar. 2018 The spicy black bean burger ($9) could have benefited from more texture. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "Review: For healthy and tasty, new Shelbyville Road restaurant and juice bar hits the spot," 14 Feb. 2018 Look for sweet or what's known as an off-dry wine to help moderate the heat of a spicy dish. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "How to Order Wine at a Restaurant," 6 Dec. 2016

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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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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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