Something that's racy is zesty and exciting. The racy thriller you checked out of the library is so engrossing that you can't put it down, even at bedtime.

You can use the adjective racy for things that are robust or full of flavor, especially wine. It's also a good way to describe zesty, thrilling things, like racy movie plots, as well as things that are bawdy or verge on inappropriate, like the racy videos that are blocked on your school's computers. This word comes from an old meaning of race, "flavor."

Definitions of racy
  1. adjective
    marked by richness and fullness of flavor
    synonyms: full-bodied, rich, robust
    pleasing to the sense of taste
  2. adjective
    full of zest or vigor
    “a racy literary style”
    synonyms: lively
    displaying animation, vigor, or liveliness
  3. adjective
    suggestive of sexual impropriety
    racy anecdotes”
    synonyms: blue, gamey, gamy, juicy, naughty, risque, spicy
    marked by or tending to arouse sexual desire or interest
  4. adjective
    designed or suitable for competing in a race
    moving or capable of moving readily (especially from place to place)
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