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racy (adj.)

1650s, "having a characteristic agreeable taste; having a flavor supposed to be imparted by the soil" (of wines, fruits, etc.), from race (n.2) in its older meaning "flavor" or in the sense "class of wines" + -y (2).

The extended meaning "having a quality of vigor" (1660s) led to that of "improper, risqué," attested by 1901, which probably was reinforced by the phrase racy of the soil "earthy" (1870). Related: Racily; raciness.

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. [Century Dictionary]

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Definitions of racy from WordNet

racy (adj.)
full of zest or vigor;
a racy literary style
Synonyms: lively
racy (adj.)
marked by richness and fullness of flavor;
Synonyms: full-bodied / rich / robust
racy (adj.)
suggestive of sexual impropriety;
racy anecdotes
Synonyms: blue / gamy / gamey / juicy / naughty / risque / spicy
racy (adj.)
designed or suitable for competing in a race;
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