\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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The restaurants have rolled out more mobile payment options, increased orders fulfilled by delivery providers and offered spicy versions of its burgers as part of a local menu. Jaewon Kang And Dawn Lim, WSJ, "Tim Hortons Tests China’s Appetite for Canadian Coffee," 11 July 2018 Sweet at first, this bubbly take from the champagne masters evolves into a slightly spicy sip, which then finishes softly. Chris Morris, Fortune, "6 Beers and 6 Wines to Improve Your Fourth of July Cookout," 29 June 2018 Courtesy of Samira Wiley Actress Samira Wiley of The Handmaid's Tale and OITNB fame decamps to the colorful California town to soak up the sun, spicy margaritas, and mountain views. Marie Claire, "Samira Wiley's Guide to Palm Springs," 27 June 2018 Layers of soft corn tortillas, sautéed vegetables, baby spinach and cheddar cheese are accented with just the right amount of spicy red salsa to be pleasantly cooled by a dollop of plain yogurt. Ashleigh Spitza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Colorful vegetarian menu crosses bridge to spring," 7 Apr. 2018 Flour tortilla, with extra pico de gallo and spicy red salsa. Krista Soriano, Esquire, "Inside a COO's Weekend: Neil Parikh," 28 Oct. 2015 But with leaner meats like leg of lamb, even a short stint with a marinade will add an herby, spicy or garlicky complexity. Melissa Clark, New York Times, "Lamb, Under Fire, and at Its Best," 6 July 2018 And the surf-and-turf is strangely both tasteless and too spicy. Polly Campbell, Cincinnati.com, "Condado Tacos a natural fit at The Banks. Here are our recommendations.," 29 June 2018 As Mamba describes it, the cuisine of east Africa is spicier and more vegetable-based than that found in the wealthier west Africa, where meat is more common. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "Refugees opening east African restaurant in Detroit's New Center," 21 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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