Definition of racy in English:



  • 1Lively, entertaining, and typically sexually titillating.

    ‘the novel was considered rather racy at the time’
    • ‘Readers looking for a racy, entertaining romp full of plot twists, scandal and exposed secrets will not be disappointed.’
    • ‘At the time, the idea was to do a series of racy TV-movies for late Saturday nights that would be more adult and risqué than anything then being done for network television.’
    • ‘So racy is/was the content that in the 1930s the book could not even have been legally shipped through the US mail!’
    • ‘Our reporter joins us now with controversy that surrounds these sexy women dancing in these racy videos.’
    • ‘Asked just how racy the pictures will be, Stevens explains, ‘The girl can do whatever she is comfortable with.’’
    • ‘His fast-growing clothing company is built on pro-labor policies, racy ads, and a sexually charged culture’
    • ‘The material is frequently ribald, often racy, and always laced with profanity.’
    • ‘The network isn't exactly family entertainment, although the shows' racy content had been somewhat toned down by the time Smith came aboard.’
    • ‘The film is probably most notable for its attempts to entertain adults with racy jokes and visuals.’
    • ‘When a church leader asked him to tone down his use of racy language in his columns, his answer was swift.’
    • ‘The feature was also loaded with racy photos and a variety of rude quotations.’
    • ‘His novels are entertaining, racy and often irreverent.’
    • ‘As for the film being racy, raunchy or titillating, there's utterly nothing groundbreaking here.’
    • ‘In light of its vast market power, Wal-Mart has infuriated the media with its long-standing refusal to stock obscene CDs and racy magazines.’
    • ‘The racy, hour-long play explores power, revenge, sexual behaviour, and the nature of evil.’
    • ‘The album has been a best-seller as well as being well-received critically - MTV called it racy and experimental, influenced by 70s R&B and rap grooves.’
    • ‘It offers a lively - at times even racy - read, with events vividly described and attention held by the anecdotes peppered throughout.’
    • ‘The show disappeared for a short while when no network wished to run what was at times, a racy and offensive series.’
    • ‘They didn't like little ears to hear their juicy if not racy gossip.’
    • ‘Entertainment Weekly wrote about racy Y / A novels in this week's issue.’
    risqué, sexy, naughty, spicy, juicy, suggestive, ribald, indelicate, indecorous, indecent, immodest, off colour, dirty, rude, smutty, crude, bawdy, vulgar, salacious, coarse
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    1. 1.1 Showing vigour or spirit.
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2 (of a wine, flavour, etc.) having a characteristic quality in a high degree.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Also, they all make a startlingly fine Pinot Noir, a wine that often features a combination of California racy fruit with Burgundian earth tones.’
      • ‘They're great as dips or racy condiments for the various couscous and tagine entrées.’
      • ‘Pauper's Sancerre does not come better than the tart, racy, lemony fruit of this stylish Loire Sauvignon, a joint effort of French and Antipodean winemakers.’
      • ‘La Gitana is racy and complex and is probably the closest thing to the Fino style wines you drink in Spain.’
      • ‘If racy, fresh, hauntingly zingy white wine is your bag, Austria is for you.’
      • ‘The best whites are crisp, lively, leafy and citrusy, while the top reds are vibrant, racy, refreshing red fruit-redolent wines with morello cherry and beetroot flavours to the fore.’
      • ‘The restaurant's chicken adana is a juicy minced-chicken kebab underpinned by racy red pepper.’
      • ‘I had to snare one final helping of Annapurna's yogurt rice, an exotic rice salad lit up by a creamy tang, coconut undercurrent and racy flavor bursts of mustard and cilantro.’
      • ‘Clean, pure and racy, with crystalline fruit, the wines flicker across the tongue, leaving an intense, vivid length.’
      • ‘These can be lemon tart and as racy as green apple skins.’
      • ‘Try a hot beef salad with plenty of chilli to match a racy rosé, fresh snapper still warm from the smoker, even barbecued lamb.’
      • ‘A big-boned and racy Languedoc Syrah, it has a warm perfumed nose that hints of heather and dried spices.’
      • ‘A racy little salad of roasted peppers and fresh parsley suits the imposing veal chop.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The wine has both delicacy and power, with rich, racy, citrus-infused fruit but a bead of strength running through it.’
      • ‘A complex, petrolly German Riesling is ideal, combining racy acidity with enough sweetness to cope with the fruit.’
      • ‘Think of the reaction in your mouth when you drink a tart, racy white wine.’
      • ‘This light, slightly racy red wine would match well with grilled meats, salmon, lamb or pork.’
      • ‘The hotter the weather grows, the more this racy little dish seems like the answer to everything.’
  • 2(of a vehicle or animal) designed or bred to be suitable for racing.

    ‘the yacht is fast and racy’
    • ‘The racy, muscular, correct filly is a half sister to Grade 3 winner Roman Envoy.’
    • ‘Summing it up in one sentence, she groaned, ‘I feel like a racy sports car that's being asked to act like a Ford pickup truck!’’
    • ‘For those who want to leave their cars on the sidelines and try out something a more racy, a £20 donation will get you a spin in a Porsche or Noble.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She's a big, beautiful, racy mare who was honest, finishing first or second in 25 starts.’
    • ‘One thing this bike isn't is an aggressive, racy, messenger-style machine - it is a hardy performer.’