racy

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj racy designed or suitable for competing in a race
    • adj racy suggestive of sexual impropriety "a blue movie","blue jokes","he skips asterisks and gives you the gamy details","a juicy scandal","a naughty wink","naughty words","racy anecdotes","a risque story","spicy gossip"
    • adj racy full of zest or vigor "a racy literary style"
    • adj racy marked by richness and fullness of flavor "a rich ruby port","full-bodied wines","a robust claret","the robust flavor of fresh-brewed coffee"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Racy Having a strong flavor indicating origin; of distinct characteristic taste; tasting of the soil; hence, fresh; rich. "The racy wine,
      Late from the mellowing cask restored to light."
    • Racy Hence: Exciting to the mental taste by a strong or distinctive character of thought or language; peculiar and piquant; fresh and lively. "Our raciest , most idiomatic popular words.""Burns's English, though not so racy as his Scotch, is generally correct.""The rich and racy humor of a natural converser fresh from the plow."
    • Racy somewhat suggestive of sexual themes; slightly improper; risqué. "Rich, racy verses, in which we
      The soil from which they come, taste, smell, and see."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • racy Having an agreeably peculiar flavor, of a kind that may be supposed to be imparted by the soil, as wine; peculiarly palatable.
    • racy Having a strong distinctive and agreeable quality of any kind; spirited; pungent; piquant; spicy: as, a racy style; a racy anecdote.
    • racy Pertaining to race or kind; racially distinctive or peculiar; of native origin or quality.
    • racy Synonyms and Racy, Spicy. These words agree in expressing a quality that is relished, physically or mentally. Literally, racy applies to the peculiar flavor which wines derive from the soil, and spicy to the flavor given to food, breezes, etc., by spice. Figuratively, that is racy which is agreeably fresh and distinctive in thought and expression; that is spicy which is agreeably pungent to the mind, producing a sensation comparable to that which spice produces in taste. Pointedness is essential to spiciness, and likely to be found in raciness.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Racy rā′si having a strong flavour imparted by the soil, as wine: exciting to the mind by strongly characteristic thought or language: spirited: pungent, as a racy story: peculiar to the race
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Quotations

  • H. L. Mencken
    H.%20L.%20Mencken
    “The objection of the scandalmonger is not that she tells of racy doings, but that she pretends to be indignant about them.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Race a tribe, family
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Race, a family.

Usage

In literature:

His touches of character are racy and sparkling, and full of a delicate flavour.
"On the Sublime" by Longinus
Racy gossip and old wives' tales are to be replaced by philosophic reflection and pictures of temperament.
"Dio's Rome, Volume 1 (of 6)" by Cassius Dio
Such a list tells its own tale of a mind turned to what is masculine, racy, pungent, and thoroughly sapid.
"Diderot and the Encyclopædists" by John Morley
This is Dr. Maginn, the author of "Father Tom and the Pope," and many another racy, subtle jest.
"The Gypsies" by Charles G. Leland
It is fresh and racy of the writer.
"Classic French Course in English" by William Cleaver Wilkinson
What sort of a con-spy-racy be you gittin' up at this blessed moment?
"Down South" by Oliver Optic
A training racy of the soil was needed.
"Historical Essays" by James Ford Rhodes
The whole effect was weirdly eloquent, rather than racy or exciting.
"Pharaoh's Broker" by Ellsworth Douglass
Young men flocked wherever his voice was heard, fascinated by his racy conversation.
"Robert Toombs" by Pleasant A. Stovall
Women who write racy novels are almost without exception remarkably correct in their own lives.
"A Black Adonis" by Linn Boyd Porter
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In poetry:

Let mine be the freshening power
Of rain on grass, of dew on flower;
The fertilizing song be mine,
Nut-flavored, racy, keen as wine.
"A Prelude" by Maurice Thompson
And then the wild bird sought its mate;
The lusty bee a-booming came;
The maples, filled with racy pangs,
Let go their buds' imprisoned flame;
"Morning Dew" by Maurice Thompson
If I were a poet, my sweetest song
Should have the bouquet of scuppernong,
With a racy smack in every line
From the savage juice of the muscadine.
"Nectar And Ambrosia" by Maurice Thompson
Thanks be to Fate—though nor the racy vine,
Nor fattening olive, clothe the fields I rove,
Sequester'd shades and gurgling founts are mine,
And every sylvan grot the Muses love.
"Elegy XXI. Taking a View of the Country From His Retirement" by William Shenstone
When steadily blew the wind from shores of Thrace,
And stirred the vines of Lesbos, loaded down
With racy fruit all round Methymna town,
Lo, floating on the water, came a dead man's face.
"The Orphic Legacy" by Maurice Thompson
Your "Tam O'Shanter" is very fine,
Both funny, racy, and divine,
From John O'Groats to Dumfries
All critics consider it to be a masterpiece,
And, also, you have said the same,
Therefore they are not to blame.
"Robert Burns" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

She was dismissed from class at Mount Gleason Middle School for wearing a pair of brown tights that were considered a little too racy since they matched her skin tone.
If Tipper was so concerned about racy words, she should have been keeping an eye on Al.
The typewriter 's racy history accidentally fell into Wallace's lap one day during an unrelated Google search.
See Eva At The Calvin Klein Testimonial in Milan And All Of Her Racy Ads.
Signature's latest is a racy romp of a musical with brilliant performances and sizzling choreography.
An LA city fire station that was the subject of a porn shoot is again under investigation for another racy video.
Raciness and elegance are the new watchwords for Australia's quality Chardonnay producers.
A new Z52 handling option blended elements of the racy Z51 package with the more compliant suspension found in base Corvettes.
Brian McKnight gets racy and the Hulk is cranky about ticket prices.
Wicked Whispers & Racy Rumors: Luis Miguel + Brittny Gastineau, Motley Crue and Muppets.
Jersey seller also ran racy Web site.
Carmen Electra Racy Video Leaked Online.
Colorado Student's Racy Photo Not Allowed in Yearbook.
This story is rated "R" for Racy .
City investigator ran racy website.
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In science:

Gen er ally, the ac cu racy of the HBIM de pends on the ad e quate choice of the ap prox i mat ing func tions and the lit er a ture pro vided many ex am ples of suc cess ful so lu tions [3-10].
Research Note on a Parabolic Heat-Balance Integral Method with Unspecified Exponent: An Entropy Generation Approach in Optimal Profile Determination
We will write RACI and RARI when the random variables involved are obvious from the context.
Assisted Common Information with an Application to Secure Two-Party Sampling
It is easy to see from the definition that RACI and RARI are closed sets.
Assisted Common Information with an Application to Secure Two-Party Sampling
Moreover, as was mentioned earlier, it is easy to verify from their definitions that RACI (X ; Y ) and RARI (X ; Y ) are closed sets.
Assisted Common Information with an Application to Secure Two-Party Sampling
This completes the characterization of RACI (X ; Y ).
Assisted Common Information with an Application to Secure Two-Party Sampling
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