spicy etymology

English word spicy comes from English -y, English spice

Detailed word origin of spicy

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
-y English (eng) Forming abstract nouns denoting a state, condition, or quality.. Used in the name of some locations which end in -ia in Latin. Forming diminutive nouns. Also used for familiar and pet names as a term of endearment. Added to nouns and adjectives to form adjectives meaning “having the quality of”.. Added to verbs to form adjectives meaning "inclined to".
spice English (eng) (transitive) To add spice or spices to. (nonce) (countable, uncountable) Plant matter (usually dried) used to season or flavour food.. (figurative, uncountable) Appeal, interest; an attribute that makes something appealing, interesting, or engaging.. (obsolete) Species; kind.. (uncountable, Yorkshire) Sweets, candy.
spicy English (eng) (of expression or behavior) Vigorous; colorful; stimulating.. (of flavors or odors) Tangy, zesty, or pungent.. (of flavors) Provoking a burning sensation due to the presence of chillies or similar hot spices.. Of, pertaining to, or containing spice.. Risqué, sexy, racy; mildly pornographic.

Words with the same origin as spicy

Descendants of -y
andy apply bags bunny creepy dummy funny handy healthy heavy kitty mommy pretty pussy risky rocky rusty scary sexy shitty skinny sonny tiny tony woody