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 for racy
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Racy \Ra"cy\ (r[=a]"s[y^]), a. [Compar. Racier
     (r[=a]"s[i^]*[~e]r); superl. Raciest.] [From Race a
     tribe, family.]
     1. Having a strong flavor indicating origin; of distinct
        characteristic taste; tasting of the soil; hence, fresh;
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              The racy wine,
              Late from the mellowing cask restored to light.
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     2. Hence: Exciting to the mental taste by a strong or
        distinctive character of thought or language; peculiar and
        piquant; fresh and lively; vigorous; spirited.
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              Our raciest, most idiomatic popular words. --M.
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              Burns's English, though not so racy as his Scotch,
              is generally correct.                 --H.
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              The rich and racy humor of a natural converser fresh
              from the plow.                        --Prof.
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     3. Somewhat suggestive of sexual themes; slightly improper;
     Syn: Spicy; spirited; lively; smart; piquant; risqu['e].
     Usage: Racy, Spicy. Racy refers primarily to that
            peculiar flavor which certain wines are supposed to
            derive from the soil in which the grapes were grown;
            and hence we call a style or production racy when it
            "smacks of the soil," or has an uncommon degree of
            natural freshness and distinctiveness of thought and
            language. Spicy, when applied to style, has reference
            to a spirit and pungency added by art, seasoning the
            matter like a condiment. It does not, like racy,
            suggest native peculiarity. A spicy article in a
            magazine; a spicy retort. Racy in conversation; a racy
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                  Rich, racy verses, in which we
                  The soil from which they come, taste, smell, and
                  see.                              --Cowley.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: full of zest or vigor; "a racy literary style" [syn:
             lively, racy]
      2: marked by richness and fullness of flavor; "a rich ruby
         port"; "full-bodied wines"; "a robust claret"; "the robust
         flavor of fresh-brewed coffee" [syn: full-bodied, racy,
         rich, robust]
      3: 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" [syn: blue,
         gamy, gamey, juicy, naughty, racy, risque,
      4: designed or suitable for competing in a race

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  94 Moby Thesaurus words for "racy":
     adult, animated, bawdy, blue, brisk, broad, buoyant, burning,
     coarse, crude, curried, dirty, dynamic, earthy, energetic,
     exciting, fiery, filthy, flavorful, fresh, full of beans,
     full of pep, gross, high-seasoned, hot, hot as pepper, immodest,
     indecent, indelicate, interesting, inviting, juicy, lewd, lively,
     lusty, mettlesome, naughty, nippy, obscene, off color, off-color,
     peppery, peppy, piquant, poignant, pornographic, provocative,
     provoking, pungent, purple, raunchy, readable, ribald, rich, risky,
     risque, rude, salacious, salty, savory, scabrous, seasoned, sexual,
     sexy, shady, sharp, smutty, snappy, sparkling, spiced, spicy,
     spirited, sprightly, stimulating, strong, succulent, suggestive,
     tangy, tantalizing, tart, tasty, thought-challenging,
     thought-inspiring, thought-provoking, tickling, titillating,
     vigorous, vivacious, vulgar, wicked, with a kick, zestful, zesty,

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