Definition of racy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈreɪsi/

adjective (racier, raciest)

1Lively, entertaining, and typically sexually titillating: the novel was considered rather racy at the time
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  • As for the film being racy, raunchy or titillating, there's utterly nothing groundbreaking here.
  • The film is probably most notable for its attempts to entertain adults with racy jokes and visuals.
  • Entertainment Weekly wrote about racy Y / A novels in this week's issue.
1.1Showing vigour or spirit.
Example sentences
  • In the 18th century, there is a vivid description of the interface in a kitchen between a chef and a cook, from the racy pen of William Verral.
1.2(Of a wine, flavour, etc.) having a characteristic quality in a high degree.
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  • On the right bank clay and limestone soils predominate generally resulting in softer, broader whites than on the left bank where soils rich in lime produce racy wines comparable to those of the famous Wachau.
  • This light, slightly racy red wine would match well with grilled meats, salmon, lamb or pork.
  • Tancer has also created his own blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier, called Cuvee R, which marries beautifully the racy flavor of the Sauvignon with the exotic tropical flavors of Viognier.
2(Of a vehicle or animal) designed or bred to be suitable for racing: the yacht is fast and racy
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  • She's a big, beautiful, racy mare who was honest, finishing first or second in 25 starts.
  • Several Polaris ATV models are used as farming and hunting quads but they are also reliable as a fast, racy, motocross style vehicle.
  • The range still includes stodgy saloons and people-carriers; there are no sports cars or racy coupés.



Pronunciation: /ˈreɪsɪli/
Example sentences
  • But if you think this 55-year-old, who is zipping along racily, is doing it for fun, think again.
  • Though racily told, at times the plot stretches credence as well as patience.
  • In the main it is a catalogue of racily written anecdotes that describe the most notorious of the North's drug godfathers.


Pronunciation: /ˈreɪsɪnəs/
Example sentences
  • The libretto was re-written for raciness and local flavour and sung in English with surtitles, which seems redundant but was surprisingly handy.
  • Danny was alarmed at the raciness of his thoughts, as his mind very rarely traveled in that direction.
  • We're doing the interview and whatever raciness they want to put in there, we'll run it.

Words that rhyme with racy

Basie, Casey, Gracie, lacy, O'Casey, pace, pacy, precis, spacey, Stacey, Sulawesi, Tracy

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