sexy

If a movie review describes an actor as sexy, it means he's extremely attractive and appealing. These days, this word can also be used to describe anything exciting or stylish: you might wish your old flip phone had all the sexy features of a sleek smartphone but, hey, at least you can make calls!

When a person is described as sexy, they're interesting in a romantic or arousing way. A sexy song might be incredibly romantic, made for slow dancing, or an ad might tout sexy shoes that look amazing and will be the envy of all your friends. The word sexy is often used more broadly to refer to appealing or enticing things — clothes, cars, even ideas. Before sexy was coined, around 1905, the equivalent word was sexful.

Definitions of sexy
  1. adjective
    marked by or tending to arouse sexual desire or interest
    Synonyms:
    exciting
    creating or arousing excitement
    seductive
    tending to entice into a desired action or state
    aroused, horny, randy, ruttish, steamy, turned on
    feeling great sexual desire
    autoerotic
    sexually satisfying yourself (as by masturbation)
    coquettish, flirtatious
    like a coquette
    erotic, titillating
    giving sexual pleasure; sexually arousing
    blue, gamey, gamy, juicy, naughty, racy, risque, spicy
    suggestive of sexual impropriety
    hot
    sexually excited or exciting
    intimate, sexual
    involved in a sexual relationship
    juicy, luscious, red-hot, toothsome, voluptuous
    having strong sexual appeal
    lascivious, lewd, libidinous, lustful
    driven by lust; preoccupied with or exhibiting lustful desires
    lecherous
    given to excessive indulgence in sexual activity
    leering
    (of a glance) sidelong and slyly lascivious
    lubricious, lustful, prurient, salacious
    characterized by lust
    orgiastic
    used of frenzied sexual activity
    highly-sexed, oversexed
    having excessive sexual desire or appeal
    adult, pornographic
    designed to arouse lust
    provocative
    exciting sexual desire
    raunchy
    earthy and sexually explicit
    sexed
    characterized by sexuality
    sex-starved
    desiring but deprived of sexual gratification
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    Antonyms:
    unsexy
    not sexually aroused or arousing
    sexless
    sexually unattractive
    sexless
    having no sexual desire
    undersexed
    having a subnormal degree of sexual desire
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  2. adjective
    exciting sexual desire
    synonyms: aphrodisiac, aphrodisiacal
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    Antonyms:
    anaphrodisiac
    tending to diminish sexual desire
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