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The day was clear, the sun bright, the air full of racy health.

He told us that story about the artist's model in quite a racy fashion.

Then news from England, five months old, was fresh and racy.

It was racy and insolent with heliotrope; he hurled it to the floor.

His conversation during his European trip was bright and racy.

“Sure, sor, he wanted the praste fur to soign it,” said the other in his racy brogue.

I should be sorry to go as far as that; but I own I like his quaint, racy style.

There was a racy, wholesome gusto in his enjoyment of novelty and independence.

After all, in many cases, it is what they call 'racy idiom.'

It is a dry, business-like process, but how racy Boz made it.

WORD ORIGIN

1650s, "having a characteristic taste" (of wines, fruits, etc.), from race (n.2) in its older sense of "flavor" or in the sense "class of wines" + -y (2); meaning "having a quality of vigor" (1660s) led to that of "improper, risqué," first recorded 1901, probably reinforced by phrase racy of the soil "earthy" (1870). Related: Racily; raciness.

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