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Etymology edit

From spice +‎ -y, attested since the 16th century.

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /ˈspaɪsi/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -aɪsi

Adjective edit

spicy (comparative spicier, superlative spiciest)

  1. Of, pertaining to, or containing spice.
    He prepared a spicy casserole.
  2. (informal, of flavors) Provoking a burning sensation due to the presence of capsaicin.
    This curry is too spicy for me. I can't eat it.
  3. (of flavors or odors) Tangy, zesty, or pungent.
    She breathed in the strong, spicy aroma.
  4. (of expression or behavior) Vigorous; colorful; stimulating.
    He is known for his spicy political commentary.
  5. Scandalous.
  6. (Internet slang) Risky; mildly aggressive or dangerous.
    Look at the little wildcub! That's one spicy ball of fur.
  7. (Internet slang) Risqué, sexy, racy; mildly pornographic.
    I don't want my children to see the spicy images on this web site.

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Basic tastes in English (layout · text)
         
sweet sour salty bitter savory / umami

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Lower Sorbian edit

Pronunciation edit

Adjective edit

spicy

  1. sleeping, asleep
  2. dormant (e.g. of a volcano)

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spicy

  1. past active participle of spaś

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References edit

  • Muka, Arnošt (1921, 1928), “spicy”, in Słownik dolnoserbskeje rěcy a jeje narěcow (in German), St. Petersburg, Prague: ОРЯС РАН, ČAVU; Reprinted Bautzen: Domowina-Verlag, 2008
  • Starosta, Manfred (1999), “spicy”, in Dolnoserbsko-nimski słownik / Niedersorbisch-deutsches Wörterbuch (in German), Bautzen: Domowina-Verlag