spicy

adjective
\ 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

Recent Examples on the Web

Strangest Thing Since Poutine Spoke & Steele, 123 Illinois St. Eggos would not have had a chance if Eleven tried crispy Waffle Fries smothered in meat loaf, melty Wisconsin cheese curds and sweet and spicy Coca-Cola gravy ($16). Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Eleven tasty ways to celebrate 'Stranger Things' Season 3 in Indianapolis," 1 July 2019 Fairly spicy, but more about the vinegar than the heat. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Everything you need to know about hot chicken in metro Phoenix — including where to find the spiciest," 26 June 2019 Sweet, spicy, fruity and jammy, mango chutney is a powerhouse ingredient common in Indian cuisine that can liven up even the most mild-mannered of dishes. Washington Post, "Spice your turkey burgers up with some mango chutney," 17 June 2019 Note to Smith: sporty, scary, spicy, and posh are all taken. Vogue, "Sam Smith Is Ready to Become the Spice Girls’s Newest Member," 14 June 2019 Inside the greenhouse, an Explorer’s Garden smells like no place else in New York City—herbal, spicy, and damp, thanks to a unique horticultural array. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "The exuberant career of the Brazilian designer Roberto Burle Marx brings the oft-overlooked field of landscape architecture to the foreground," 11 June 2019 Dishes include spicy firecracker shrimp and jumbo shrimp scampi and all-American desserts like red raspberry sorbet, blueberry bread pudding and white chocolate cheesecake. San Diego Union-Tribune, "The Dish: 34 places you can eat, drink and hang out this Independence Day," 27 June 2019 Sourced from Provence, the purple plant is balanced out by acidulous Italian bergamot and spicy-sweet tonka bean. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "The 7 New Fragrances to Know This Summer," 6 June 2019 Place on steamed rice with spicy mayo, furikake (toasted sesame and nori), pickled cucumbers, scallions and shichimi togarashi spice. Ali Bouzari, SFChronicle.com, "Housemade: The magic of Liholiho Yacht Club," 22 June 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 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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