Meaning of “spicy” in the English Dictionary

"spicy" in British English

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uk /ˈspaɪ.si/ us /ˈspaɪ.si/

spicy adjective (FOOD)

B1 containing strong flavours from spices:

Do you like spicy food?

More examples

  • I love Creole cooking, so hot and spicy.
  • He jazzed up the food with a spicy sauce.
  • Ever since she was a child, she has had a predilection for spicy food.
  • I have a preference for sweet food over spicy.
  • This sort of hot and spicy food is very typical of the food in the south of the country.
noun [ U ] uk /ˈspaɪ.si.nəs/ us /ˈspaɪ.si.nəs/

(Definition of “spicy” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"spicy" in American English

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us /ˈspɑɪ·si/

flavored with spices that are hot to the taste:

spicy Mexican food

(Definition of “spicy” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)