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spicy

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Pronunciation: /ˈspʌɪsi
 
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Definition of spicy in English:

adjective (spicier, spiciest)

1Flavoured with or fragrant with spice: pasta in a spicy tomato sauce
More example sentences
  • This was braised cubes of lamb in a spicy coconut sauce with fragrant rice for €15.50.
  • A little bowl of diablo sauce, a spicy and fresh tomato salsa, came on the side.
  • To top it off, the skewers were presented on a plate with potatoes, sour cream, and a spicy tomato sauce.
Synonyms
spiced, seasoned, savoury;
tasty, flavoursome, flavourful, well seasoned, strongly flavoured, zesty, strong, sharp, pungent
1.1Exciting or entertaining, especially through being mildly indecent: spicy jokes and suggestive songs
Synonyms
entertaining, colourful, lively, spirited, exciting, piquant, zesty, zestful;
risqué, racy, salty, scandalous, ribald, suggestive, titillating, bawdy, naughty, salacious, off colour, indelicate, immodest, dirty, smutty
informal raunchy, juicy
British informal saucy, fruity
North American informal gamy

Derivatives

spicily

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • The fish is fresh and spicily dressed with avocado and sweet, hot soy sauce topped with a crown of sesame seaweed salad.
  • His live music spicily punctuates a play that, while preaching a sexual and racial sermon, adopts much more than a simple missionary position.
  • A similar nuts-and-bolts problem mars Bombay Dreams, a musical spicily scored by the Bollywood composer A. R. Rahman, who has sold 200 million albums worldwide.

spiciness

2
noun
Example sentences
  • On the palate it has an overpowering spiciness.
  • The ingredients and spiciness vary from region to region.
  • It is this spiciness that is most discussed when it comes to Indian food.

Words that rhyme with spicy

dicey, icy, pricey, vice

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