Usage examples for racy

  1. The conversational talents of Hall were more appreciable by ordinary capacities, his style being racy off- hand, bold. – Sketches of Reforms and Reformers, of Great Britain and Ireland by Henry B. Stanton
  2. We remember in boyhood reading some odd volumes of this production, the general matter in which was inconceivably poor, relieved only by Fergusson's racy little Scottish poems. – Specimens with Memoirs of the Less-known British Poets, Vol. 3 by George Gilfillan
  3. Such a voice, speaking at Shakspere's ear in an English nearly as racy and nervous as the incomparable old- new French of the original, was in itself a revelation. – Montaigne and Shakspere by John M. Robertson
  4. While O'Driscoll was entertaining us with some racy anecdotes I was sent for by Captain Hudson into his cabin. – Hurricane Hurry by W.H.G. Kingston
  5. The general reader has got an idea from the reviews that there's personal gossip in it, more or less racy – Rose MacLeod by Alice Brown
  6. I do rather hope your royal mind Is naturally fond of something racy – Gossip in the First Decade of Victoria's Reign by John Ashton
  7. As in this interesting occupation the heads of the hostess and the guest approached each other, the glowing light playing cheerily on the countenance of each, there was an honest simplicity in the picture that would have merited the racy and vigorous genius of a Cruikshank. – Paul Clifford, Volume 1. by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  8. Racy applies in the first instance to the pleasing flavor characteristic of certain wines, often attributed to the soil from which they come. Pungent denotes something sharply irritating to the organs of taste or smell, as pepper, vinegar, ammonia; piquant denotes a quality similar in kind to pungent but less in degree, stimulating and agreeable; pungent spices may be deftly compounded into a piquant sauce. As applied to literary products, racy refers to that which has a striking, vigorous, pleasing originality; spicy to that which is stimulating to the mental taste, as spice is to the physical; piquant and pungent in their figurative use keep very close to their literal sense. –  by
  9. His themes in public were those of an English gentleman; horses, dogs, game, sport, intrigue, scandal, politics, wines, the manly themes; with a condescension to ladies' tattle, and approbation of a racy anecdote. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  10. In the hours of conversation with him, when I was posting him on the latest developments in America, his comments upon the leading characters of the time were most racy and witty. – My Memories of Eighty Years by Chauncey M. Depew
  11. " Not altogether," she smiled, and her speech became perceptibly more racy and rapid. – Command by William McFee
  12. He drove in the spurs and headed across the flat at the top speed of the fast and racy chestnut- no match, perhaps, for the black Spaniard, were the latter once extended, but favored now by the angle of the two. – The Covered Wagon by Emerson Hough
  13. We have said that he seldom or never cried, but he sometimes laughed, and that not unfrequently; and when he did so you could not choose but hear, for his whole soul gushed out in his laugh, which was rich, racy and riotous. – Sunk at Sea by R.M. Ballantyne
  14. It was on the occasion of a house- party at Hatton Towers, and a racy young French commercial man who was one of Sir Jacques' guests fell to the lure of Flamby's ever increasing charms. – The Orchard of Tears by Sax Rohmer
  15. She began at the beginning- the very smallest possible beginning- instead of halfway through the narrative, as other grown- up people had a habit of doing, and went straight through to the end, noticing every detail, and describing it in racy picturesque language. – A Houseful of Girls by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  16. His readers are usually persons of leisure, if they have not always culture and taste; and the issue of the morning paper is to them what the appearance of the quarterly, heavy or racy is to the cultivated American reader. – Thoughts on Educational Topics and Institutions by George S. Boutwell
  17. The racy humor and cheerfulness and wisdom of the book make it wholly delightful. – The Passenger from Calais by Arthur Griffiths
  18. Miss Alcott's stories are thoroughly healthy, full of racy fun and humour ... – The Great Musicians: Rossini and His School by Henry Sutherland Edwards
  19. Mudge had seen a good deal of service, but he had not the happy knack of describing what had happened to him in the graphic, racy way poor Dick had of spinning a yarn. – Twice Lost by W.H.G. Kingston
  20. It is a remarkable fact that a considerable proportion of the familiar jests of almost any country, which are by its natives fondly believed to be " racy of the soil," are in reality common to other peoples widely differing in language and customs. – Flowers from a Persian Garden and Other Papers by W. A. Clouston